4. Beware of the right hook
Here, the experts have borrowed martial arts terminology. The right hook is a widespread phenomenon which, just like a punch in the boxing ring, can knock a cyclist out. The situation is as follows – a cyclist, riding on a bike lane or the side of the road, gets overtaken on the left-hand side by a car intending to make a right turn. Inevitably, the car crosses the bicycle’s path. If the driver suddenly swerves right in front of the cyclist’s wheel (therefore, giving them the right hook), the cyclist will unavoidably end up in the car’s right door. Naturally, for the UK, Ireland, Australia, India and all other countries where you drive on the left side of the road, it is the left hook you should beware of.
Isabelle Beckers describes a situation where a car did not give way as her worst nightmare. “The most horrific situation I’ve experienced was riding on a two-way bike lane on the left side of the road. A driver who didn’t notice me dashed from the side road on the left and cut me off. It was a fraction of a second. If he had hit me I would be dead,” remembers Isabelle.