Pathways to more space. What factors influence the lateral distance of overtaking vehicles from cyclists?

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In a field test, 4,217 overtaking manoeuvres (OM) were recorded with two measuring bicycles in the study area of Dresden and subsequently evaluated with regard to the lateral passing distances (LPD). The minimum distance recently anchored in the German road traffic regulations (StVO) was observed by only 53% of those car drivers overtaking. It is confirmed that narrow street sections favour narrow overtaking distances, especially if marked bicycle traffic guidance systems (protective strips) are installed there. Significantly lower LPD are observed in the case of oncoming traffic and a second vehicle overtaking in parallel, as well as in the case of LPD caused by heavy traffic. At night, larger LPD are observed. As a result, marked guidance on narrow street sections should be avoided. Wide bike lanes or protected bike lanes are recommended at wide facilities.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3585-3592
JournalTransportation Research Procedia
Issue numberVol 72
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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ORCID /0000-0002-5497-3698/work/149439396
Scopus 85182940267



  • Subjektive Safety, Cycling, Lateral Passing Distance, Cycling Infrastrucure