A cyclist was seriously injured yesterday after coming off his bike on the TF21 from La Orotava to Teide national park. The accident happened just after midday and although a car was initially thought to have run into him, it seems that it was a simple cycling accident with the bike then careering into a car. The 30-year-old rider was taken to HUC with serious head and facial injuries.
It’s worth stressing that under the new road legislation recently passed – which has mainly generated interest for its new drink-drugs penalties and child seat clauses – there are new rules for cars in the vicinity of cyclists. A minimum of 1.5m leeway is now a legal requirement on all roads and in all circumstances before a car may overtake a cyclist, and if a car is coming from the opposite direction, a cyclist may not be overtaken even if a 1.5m leeway exists. Tráfico confirms (link) that drivers can even cross a central white line where safe to do so in order to leave this required overtaking margin.This is not to imply that such an issue was at play in this accident, but it seemed a good opportunity to mention it.