Cycle your way to safety
Posted on 28th January 2016
Here are some top tips either for those new to cycling or those in need of a safety reminder:
- Always wear a helmet – accidents can happen anywhere you cycle, be it on London’s busiest main roads or quietest cul-de-sacs. In the event of a collision, wearing a helmet could help prevent a significant trauma to the brain;
- Keep a good distance behind lorries and buses – if you can’t see their wing mirrors, they can’t see you;
- Avoid stopping in blind spots – stop behind the car in front, not to the side of it;
- Stop at red lights – if the risk to your life isn’t worrying enough then getting caught and handed a £50 on-the-spot fine might be;
- Use hand signals – don’t rely on other road users to guess where you’re going;
- Wear appropriate clothing – wear bright colours during the day and reflective clothing at night;
- Use headlights and rear lights when appropriate – they will help you be seen in poor visibility as well as at night;
- Use a mirror – having a mirror is no substitute for looking behind you, however it will help you monitor traffic behind you more frequently;
- Check your bike is roadworthy – make sure your brakes and tyres are in good condition;
- Put your mobile phone away – that text/phone call/song can wait, your safety can’t.
Sections 59 to 82 of the Highway Code set out rules for cyclists including how to deal with road junctions, roundabouts and crossing roads.
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