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Safer Cycling in Mallorca

When around 100,000 people visit Mallorca every year to practise the sport of cycling

When around 100,000 people visit Mallorca every year to practise the sport of cycling it becomes an important part of the island's economy which should be both encouraged and nurtured. To this end
the Island Council (Consell) has got together with the Balearic Cycling Federation to make cycling safer for its participants.

With so many cyclists on the roads both professional (The famous Sky Team trained in Mallorca last winter – photo courtesy of Sky)) and amateur they can occasionally prove hazardous to motorists
who may not be expecting to come across them. So, around 300 km of roads will have new signals warning motorists that cyclists will be encountered along the way.

They're mostly the smaller, 'secondary' roads between the small towns all over the island which are really popular with two wheelers – I couldn't believe how many cyclists in enormous groups there
were between Alcudia and Arta, incredible numbers – and so the warning signs will be located at the exit points of all the towns.

Not only do the signs warn of cyclists, but they also give advice as to how much space to leave when overtaking, which is 1.5 metres as you can see from the sign above. Oddly, the Cycling
Federation's advice to cyclists is to ride in single file, to allow easier overtaking, yet their sign shows cyclists two abreast and on the road nothing is more frustrating for a motorist than to
be stuck at 20 km/h behind a gaggle of gabbing bikers!

Cyclists could also help themselves to be safer too, what do you think?