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The black car to the left of the picture has just carefully passed the cyclist in the roundabout. What do you think about the manoeuvre?

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There are no clear rules stating exactly what you can and cannot do in this situation. However, there are strong indications that it was appropriate to pass the cyclist:

  • Cyclists may always be overtaken in junctions. “Two-wheeled vehicles without a sidecar may [...] be overtaken.” (Swedish Road Traffic Ordinance).
  • It looks like there are wide enough margins to pass safely.
  • The alternative would be to drive at a snail’s pace behind the bicycle, which would disrupt the rhythm of the traffic. The motorists would become stressed and the cyclist would become stressed in a negative way = increased risk of accidents.

But is a roundabout really a “junction”?
– There is no clear answer to this. “The term ‘junction’ is not defined [...] but classifying a roundabout as a junction is not ruled out.” (Supreme Court). When there are no clear rules, it is appropriate to refer to rules for similar situations. Overtaking in a junction and overtaking in a roundabout can be viewed as similar situations.

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