How to move from one lane to another on a bicycle
In this complimentary section from our online course ‘Traffic Smarts for Cyclists,’ we show how change lanes on your bike properly.
The method for changing lanes varies depending on:
1) the width of the lanes,
2) the amount of traffic around and behind you,
3) how much lane-changing is taking place around you, and
4) the difference in speed between you and others.
When changing lanes, a full signal (like a turn signal) is required by law.
In heavier and/or faster traffic, it can be beneficial to signal the whole time while moving across the lane, and while moving from one lane to another, as this:
• catches the attention of others,
• makes you stand out from the background, and
• communicates to others that you intend to keep moving laterally.
This requires you to be able to scan behind while signalling at the same time.
Keeping control of your bike takes priority—practice this skill out of traffic until you can scan and signal at the same time with full comfort and control.
Let’s explore changing lanes on your bike in more detail,
…and see some techniques that address the concerns many riders have while doing this.
Other complimentary sections from our online courses.