Decision Matrix

Roads with two or more lanes in the direction of travel:

QUESTION

 

DECISION

RATIONALE

Is the right lane wide enough to share so that a passing vehicle can pass safely without crossing the lane line and without crowding the cyclists?

no right

double file

Passing vehicles should use the next lane if the right lane is not wide enough to share safely

yes down

     

Is the road so busy that all lanes would be full if the cyclists were not there?

no right

double file

Passing vehicles can use the next lane to avoid inconvenience to the cyclists

yes right

 

single file

Assist other road users without compromising your own safety

Roads with only one lane in the direction of travel:

QUESTION

 

DECISION

RATIONALE

Is the lane wide enough to share so that a passing vehicle can pass safely without crossing the yellow line and without crowding the cyclists?

no right

double file

Passing vehicles should use the other lane if the lane is not wide enough to share safely. In particular, riding single file in narrow lanes at locations of inadequate visibility encourages unsafe passing

yes down

     

Is there a significant volume of following traffic?

no right

double file

If there are not many vehicles passing there cannot be many who will be inconvenienced

yes down

     

Is there a significant volume of oncoming traffic?

no right

double file

If there are not many oncoming vehicles there cannot be many passing vehicles who will be inconvenienced

yes down

     

Is the inconvenience to the motorists who have to wait before passing greater than the inconvenience to the cyclists if they ride single file?

no right

double file

The inconvenience should be shared equitably

yes right

 

single file

Show courtesy to others when it does not compromise your own safety