An Austrian court has ruled that cyclists are legally allowed to keep a distance of between 1.2 and 1.8 metres from parked vehicles to protect them from car doors suddenly swinging open.

The ruling came after Vienna’s Administrative Court accepted the appeal of a cyclist taken to court last year by police for ‘not cycling close enough to parked cars to allow traffic to drive past’.

Vienna’s law on roads and traffic states that anyone steering a vehicle has to drive as far right as possible keeping in mind the ease and flow of traffic.