More people are using bicycles as a way to keep fit and, even better, to beat the traffic. However, it’s no secret drivers tend to get impatient with cyclists, especially when they ride two abreast and obstruct passing.
The best way forward in such a case is compromise. Both sides need to give a little. Drivers want a certain behaviour from cyclists and cyclists want drivers to be more aware and careful.
For cyclists, simple stuff like using the pedal lane where available, riding in single file, as well as being more respectful of the rules at intersections will increase safety.
For drivers, accepting that there will be cyclists and respecting their rights to be on the road is an essential start, as all else follows from there. Keeping your distance (at least 1.5m), yielding at intersections, and checking blind spots before opening the door are great safety precautions.
For cyclists, increasing visibility by wearing bright clothing and using front and rear lights, wearing a helmet that fits properly, keeping as close to the verge as possible and using hand signals to change lanes will go a long way to helping out drivers.