Why 1, 5 M To Overtake Cyclist? There’s Room For That?

It’s not for nothing that the law requires the driver to pass the 1, 5 m of a bicycle to overcome (art. 201 of the Traffic Code). That long has his reasons, although are not always clear to those who have not tried to use the bike in traffic,

This article attempts to clarify the reason for driver friend that distance and answer some questions and concerns that are common to who runs.

The distance that protects

If we analyze calmly the rules set forth by the Brazilian Transit Code, you will realize that he fundamentally protect the lives of those who use the streets, be they drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians or even Designer. And it is in this spirit of coexistence sure was stipulated the rule of 5.

A light touch of mirror on the end of a bicycle handlebars causes it to turn to the right, to the left the cyclist off balance and causing it to fall on the road amid the cars. There’s no dexterity of the cyclist that surpasses the physics and gravity, so after the sound is impossible to prevent the process of falling. If the car touched the handlebars don’t go over an arm or leg of the victim, the vehicle that comes after you can go over your head. You don’t want to live with this guilt, right?

And I don’t have to run into cyclist to get into his pants. The shock of a car passing too close or too fast, or even your air displacement when in high speed, can shoot it the same way, especially in the case of a novice cyclist or elderly. And that’s why the art. 220 of the CTB asks the driver to reduce to overtake a bicycle.

There are several reasons to exceed a safe distance: the rider may have to dodge a hole (because if you don’t deviate, in danger of falling into via); can have a momentary imbalance to change your trajectory a little bit to the side; the air displacement of the vehicle passing beside can pull him; the space for overtaking can be calculated and the rear-view mirror touch the handlebars.

Also read how to bypass a cyclist without putting him at risk cyclists can travel on avenues of traffic fast? The minimum speed of the roads goes for bicycles? The Traffic Code says about bicycles and cyclists see our full range of texts for the good drivers.

How to meet if there is no space?

There’s really no room to fit your bike, plus one and a half meter, plus a car into a rolling strip. But the answer is quite simple: just change lanes. If there is a second track, we should wait to make a safe overtaking, which do not put at risk the rider.

Note that the above procedure is exactly what would be done naturally with any other vehicle, like a bus or truck, which was occupying the track. These vehicles occupy more space than the cyclist, can travel even slower in the case of trucks or stop the whole time in the case of buses, but have respected your right to movement. The cyclist, fragile and exposed, needs an even bigger respect.

Remember that the bicycle, although travel more slowly, is not standing. She soon will come out from where you are, allowing the overdrive. Usually it takes a few seconds – a delay irrelevant to protect a life.

See in the video below, in a practical and simple, how to bypass a cyclist safely:

How do I know if I am the 1, 5 m?

The door of your car, when fully opened, probably occupies about 1 meter beyond the side of the vehicle. Imagine a distance equivalent to a little more than that door open can serve as a reference!

It’s not keep exactly 150 centimeters, measured over there on the ruler, but keep a distance that allows you to avoid being touched by the rider in case he divert without warning of something that put him at risk, or if balance at the time you are passing next to him. The distance of 1 m is enough to avoid the touch with the rider even if he falls alone in the middle of the street during the overtaking process.

And if the rider is right in the corner?

Many drivers reject keep the proper distance for accustomed to overtaking without changing track cyclists who travel glued to the curb on the gutter. But it is precisely these primarily at risk, because the pavement in this area of via is highly irregular and pitted, making the chance of falling and mostly unexpected trajectory change.

The rider glued to the curb is most at risk of unbalance or move into the via without warning. In this case, a car occupying the atropelara band, usually without the driver might have time to do whatever it takes to avoid. And believe me, this is more common than you might think.

Travel by bike along the curb encourages motorists to use the same track, failing to keep the minimum side distance. That’s because there’s a feeling that the track is free and can be used. It’s a decision the unconscious driver, which is part of the drive: If there’s room, so you can pass. That’s why experienced cyclists occupy the track, as recommended by the company of Sao Paulo traffic engineering (CET).

Occupy the track with the bike is, therefore, a way to make the driver change lanes to overtake. At the same time, this position ensures the rider a space to the right if it is put at risk by a driver to force passage. Understand better here.

May seem unpleasant, but is an efficient way of ensuring your cyclist safety. And as the driver would have to move to the next track in the moment of overtaking, for keeping the lateral distance and provided for in Law, there is in fact no additional impact on safe overtaking.

Promote and collaborate with a more humane city

Many of the people who put the rider at risk doing it without realizing it, because the dynamics of space between cars is different. With people, it takes more careful: in addition to not having a body to protect themselves, they do not always follow a straight trajectory and can scare the hell out with proximity to a larger vehicle.

Now that you already know, remember that when you pass by a cyclist on the streets. And tell your friends. A better city for all depends on each of us.

See also:

Conversation with a bus driver who passed too close Distance of 1, 5 m creates controversy on the page of the National Council of justice the street needs to be all that the CET does not shy away the attitudes that can kill cyclists on the streets? How to bypass a cyclist without putting you at risk evidence enabling the Dmv have compulsory questions about bicycles in Paraná and cyclists

 

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