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Keeping safe on our roads

In the West Midlands, we’re making it safer and easier for people to cycle and walk. We’re introducing new cycle lanes, low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), cycle parking and much more. You can see the new changes here.

If you drive in the West Midlands, your actions play a key role in making sure pedestrians and cyclists travel safely. It’s easy to forget (especially if you don’t cycle) that a cyclist has little protection and even minor contact can cause serious injury.

We want to make sure you know what to do to keep yourself and others safe on the road, whether you travel by foot, cycle, scooter or car.

Advice for cyclists

  • Ride decisively and keep clear of the kerb.
  • Look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do, making eye contact where possible.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of vehicles, as you might not be seen. If a vehicle is indicating to the left, hang back at the junction to reduce the risk of a collision.
  • Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.
  • Wear high-visibility and reflective clothing and accessories at all times.

Advice for drivers

  • There are more cyclists on the road now than ever. Watch out for them, especially when you travel during peak times. 
  • Pay close attention in high-risk situations, for example at busy junctions, when turning or when overtaking cyclists. 
  • If you're passing or overtaking a cyclist, give at least 1.5 metres of space.
  • Use your indicators to signal intentions and look out for cyclists signalling.
  • Check for cyclists when opening your car door, pulling out at a junction, or when doing a manoeuvre.
  • Make eye contact where possible to show the cyclist that you have seen them.

We all deserve to be safe on the road. Remember, shaving a few seconds off your journey is not more important than risking injury or death to others.

Local advice for keeping safe

West Midlands Fire Service has lots of tips and support to help you keep safe, whether you travel by car, bike, motorbike or on foot.

Updated Highway Code for cyclists

New changes to the Highway Code will give cyclists more priority over cars at junctions and crossings. Check the latest rules for cyclists.

Free resources for drivers

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) offers a host of free resources for drivers and provides advice and guidance on how you can travel safely.