One #meterandahalft can save us all. To be united, we should keep distance and that is the reason why we promote mutual respect between cyclists and drivers
Cruz introduces a new initiative #respectislife, an awareness campaign to foster mutual respect and the minimum safety distance of one #meterandahalf between cyclists and drivers for a better coexistence on the roads. Since childhood we have been taught the meaning of sharing; in adulthood we share the same space for driving: the road. Whether you are a cyclist or a driver, only by respecting the distance of one #meterandahalf you show your compromise and respect for the others.
Members of the program #CruzFamily also join Cruz’s awareness campaign #respectislife. They are, in many cases, professional cyclists and also amateur drivers – like José Antonio Hermida; or the opposite case, Miguel Toril. What is important is that we need to keep always in mind the role we play on the road and the consequences that it brings. You will see the Cruz Ambassadors’ support to the #respectislife initiative in their different communication channels to promote that …both while being behind the wheel or driving a bike, a respectful behaviour is needed.
PRACTICAL TIPS | cyclists and drivers
On respetoesvida.cruzber.com we want to offer some practical tips created by Cruz’s human capital in collaboration with the members of the #CruzFamily program and based on the official Code of Conduct created by the DGT (Spanish Directorate-General of Traffic)
Cycling in parallel is legal when moving as close as possible to the right side of the road in Spain but keep in mind to form a line in those parts with reduced visibility. Cyclists should travel along the shoulder in highways
CROSSING THE LINE
When passing a cyclist, crossing the continuous line of the road is allowed, provided that there are no risks for the rest of the road users
SIGNAL BEFORE TURNING
The cyclists should signal their future movements to other road users by using their arms before turning or changing lane. Drivers should always signal by using car’s turning signals
USING YOUR 5 SENSES
The use of any electronic display such as mobile phones or headphones is completely forbidden both for cyclists and drivers. We need to be alert on the road for a quick response.
SEE AND BE SEEN
Approved high-visibility clothing, vests and lights are recommended on
any street type
LOOK BEFORE OPENING
After having parked your car and before opening the door, the driver should look carefully at the rear-view mirror to avoid possible collisions with cyclists.
Cyclists should also drive in the center of the lane when driving in the city
AVOID USING YOUR CAR HORN
When facing stressful or insecure situations between a cyclist and a driver, avoiding the use of your car horn is the best option. Car horn may increase cyclist’s tension or instability and make the cyclist fall
DO NOT FORGET THE BICYCLE HELMET
The use of an approved bicycle helmet is always recommended. The use of a bicycle helmet is mandatory on any street type for people under 16 years. The use of an approved helmet is only mandatory on intercity routes for those over 16 years, although the use of the helmet is recommended in any moment since is the only item for protecting your head
NEITHER TOO CLOSE, NOR TOO FAST
When passing one cyclist or a group of them on the road, it is mandatory to reduce the speed keeping always a minimum safety distance of one #meterandahalf. Once the driver is back to the lane, the driver should pay attention to the safety distance by properly looking at the rear-view mirror
ACCESSORIES | find the accessory you need for carrying your bike
Accessories such as roof or towbar bike carriers are designed to carry your bikes easily and securely. Find the accessory you need for carrying your bike and choose between different models and colours of Cruz range