According to the Road Traffic Act, cyclists have a right to the left of the road. This does not necessarily mean the extreme left of the road, as there is often glass or stones etc to be found there. Ride where it is safe to do so.This also means that you must…
Be alert. Keep your eyes open for road hazards, and always be aware of the traffic around you so that you know whether or not it is safe to swerve for a pothole or piece of glass without riding into the path of the vehicle behind you. By being aware of what is happening around you, you can often prevent an accident from happening.
You must always ride in the same direction as the flow of the traffic.
Ride in single file, so that traffic can safely pass you.
If you have a choice, rather choose a quieter road for commuting than a very busy road.
Use the hand signals! By indicating when you want to turn left, right or stop, the vehicles around you can see what you intend doing and react accordingly.
After an accident, many motorists say they simply did not see the cyclist. Ride defensively, and assume that you have to “think” for the motorist as well as for yourself