Cycling is a fun and healthy activity that can help you stay fit, reduce stress, and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a beginner, there are several helpful tips and advice that can help you get the most out of your cycling experience. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the best tips and advice for cyclists to help you improve your cycling skills, stay safe on the road, and have a great time.
To ensure safe and responsible cycling it is important to think and do five things:
1.Make reasonable and frequent observations
- Ensure you are aware of who and what is around you, and how far away they are.
- Also be aware of any potential hazards.
2. Choose the most suitable riding position for each point of your journey.
- You should keep at least 0.5 metres away from the kerb edge (further where it is safer) when riding on busy roads with vehicles that are moving quicker than you.
- You may ride in the centre of your lane, on quiet roads, in slower-moving traffic and at the approach to junctions or road narrowing.
- If you are riding with other cyclists, you may ride 2 abreast, particularly in larger groups or when accompanying children or cyclists who are less experienced.
- At junctions with no separate cyclist facilities, you should position yourself like you are driving a motor vehicle: Position yourself in the centre of your chosen lane, where you feel able to do this safely, to make sure you are as visible as possible and to avoid being overtaken by vehicles.
- Cyclists should be aware of people driving behind them and allow them to overtake (for example, by moving into a single file or stopping) when it’s safe to do so.
- Take extra care when passing parked vehicles, leave enough room (a door’s width or 1 metre) to avoid being hit if a car door does open, and watch out for pedestrians stepping into your path.
- Use cycling infrastructure where it makes your journey safer and easier. However, this will depend on your experience and skills and the situation at the time. While these facilities are provided for safety reasons, cyclists should exercise their own judgement and not feel obliged to use them.
3. Communicate intentions clearly to other road users.
- When there are other road users, you should signal to show them what you plan to do, and try to make eye contact where possible.
- If you are unsure of the signals, make sure you refresh your knowledge.
4. Understand priorities on the road
- When turning into or out of a side road, you should give priority to people crossing or waiting to cross. As part of the hierarchy of road users, those that can cause greater harm have more responsibility to reduce the risk that they may pose to others.
- When cycling straight ahead at a junction, you have priority over traffic waiting to turn into or out of a side road, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise.
- You may pass slower-moving or stationary traffic on their right or left. You should proceed with caution as people driving may not be able to see you.
- Cyclists must obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
5. Be prepared
- Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.
- Wear light-coloured or fluorescent clothing, as this can help other road users to see you in daylight and poor light.
- Wear reflective accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands or clothing in the dark to increase your visibility.
- Avoid clothing that could get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights when you are cycling.
- Wear a correctly fitted cycle helmet that is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.
- Your local council and other popular online apps can aid you to plan your journey by supplying maps showing dedicated paths and routes.
Cycling is a fantastic activity that can provide many benefits to your health and well-being. By following these helpful tips and advice for cyclists, you can improve your cycling skills, stay safe on the road, and have a great time exploring the great outdoors.