Two lane roadway
(one lane in each direction)
The left portion of a lane, where the left
wheels of a vehicle travel, is usually the
safest place to ride on a two lane roadway.
In this position you can:
• be seen more easily by oncoming vehicles
• be seen more easily in rear view mirrors
of vehicles you are following
• see oncoming vehicles more easily
• see and be seen by traffic at road
junctions to your left
• be farther away from vehicles entering
from the right
• be farther away from pedestrians,
animals, driveways and road debris
along the curb
• avoid the slippery areas caused by
leaks from vehicles that can form in
the centre of the lane
• avoid the centre of the lane that is often
higher due to constant traffic weight on
the left and right portions of the lane
These points explain why it is best to
use the left portion of the lane. However,
there are times when it is safer to use the
right portion and occasionally the centre
portion of the lane to see, be seen, and
manage your space cushion.
There is no lane position that is safest for
all situations. Here are some other situations
where you must decide where in your lane it
is safest to ride:
• Before the crest of a hill, use the right
portion of your lane. An oncoming
vehicle may be coming over the hill and
using your lane to pass.
• When riding around a curve, choose a
position in your lane that will allow the
best view along the curve ahead.
• A large vehicle coming toward you can
cause a change in wind conditions. It
can block a strong crosswind or create
a strong wind as it passes, which can
cause you to lose control. When a
large vehicle is approaching, ride in
the right portion of your lane and keep
a firm hold on the hand grips. Wait
for a few seconds after the vehicle
has passed before returning to your
previous lane position.
Move to the right portion of your lane to prepare
for a change in wind conditions.
Changing lanes frequently is not worth the
risks. Plan your route well ahead to keep
lane changing to a minimum.
When a lane change is required,
do the following:
• Make sure the lane change location is
safe and legal.
• Check for traffic and potential hazards
ahead. Use your mirrors to check for
traffic behind you.
• Check your blind spot by glancing over
your shoulder to the lane where you
intend to move.
• Turn on your signal light and use a hand
• Do a shoulder check again and, if it is
safe, change lanes. If it is not safe, start
the lane change process again.