Cycling in traffic needn’t be scary especially when you know some basic bike safety. Follow these top bike safety tips and you’ll be breezing along in no time.
Ride With Confidence
Ride positively, decisively, and keep clear of the kerb.
Wear a helmet – you can rock it.
Keep your bike roadworthy.
Be careful in slippery conditions, it’ll take longer to stop.
Make Sure You’re Seen
Ride in a position where you can see, and be seen.
Use lights. Especially at night.
Not just for old-skool ravers, don some hi-vis to really stand out.
Make eye contact with other road users, especially at junctions, to make sure they’ve seen you.
Always signal clearly.
Use your bell. Not all pedestrians can see you.
Don’t go too fast, speedy.
Watch out for other road users.
And remember, traffic lights apply to you too.
Road safety for cyclists and bike safety for kids is very important. We’ve created a few bicycle safety rules Have a look at this advice to help keep you safe.
Many collisions occur when a cyclist is on the inside of a vehicle, which is turning left. Don’t assume the vehicle is going straight ahead just because it isn’t signalling left. Always avoid undertaking any vehicle in this situation. It’s better to hang back until the vehicle has moved off.
Never cycle along the inside of large vehicles, such as lorries and buses, especially at junctions where most accidents happen.
When turning left, a lorry will often pull out to the right first, creating a wide gap between the vehicle and the kerb. Many cyclists think it’s safe to ride into this space but this a dangerous place to be as the gap quickly disappears when the lorry swings to the left.
Be sure to look over your shoulder before any manoeuvre as well as a safety check this also makes drivers more aware you are about to do something so they tend to back off a bit.
Cycle training is a great option if you’re new to cycling or haven’t cycled for a while. It’ll help you develop skills and increase your confidence to tackle busier routes. To find out more about local courses, email email@example.com.
Tips for Motorists
To make roads as safe as they can be, motorists need to be aware of cyclists too:
When turning left watch for cyclists coming up on your near side and don’t cut them up.
Give cyclists lots of s p a c e when overtaking
At night, dip your headlights when approaching cyclists.
In wet weather, allow cyclists extra room as surfaces may be slippery.
Remember, cyclists and motorists are equally entitled to use and share the same road space.
And finally, respecting all road users helps everyone benefit from travelling by road. Nice one.