Many people think of cycling as dangerous, however some simple advice can make your cycling journeys easier, safer and more enjoyable.
Before you set off on any journey do a quick ABC check. A = Air, B = Brakes and C = Chain. Simple, easy and wont take very long at all!
Get some lights on your bike, especially during the winter when the nights and mornings are alot darker. Remember to light yourself too. Wear lighter, brighter or flourescent clothing. Many cyclists cannot be seen until the last minute by drivers by making this simple mistake.
Helmets dont stop accidents from happening, but they can certainly protect you from serious injury. Children should especially be encouraged to wear a helmet when cycling. Get in the habit and it could save your life.
Get on your bike and enjoy cycling. National Cycle Routes, off road centres and taking part in family rides or training could make your cycling experience even more enjoyable.
More people cycling, more safely, more often!
How to ride safely
When cycling on the road adopt a good normal riding position. This should be away from the kerb, gutters and rubbish that can lie against the side. This NORMAL riding position enables you to SEE clearly and BE SEEN by other road users. From this position in the road vehicles will have to overtake you properly instead of just squeezing past.
As a cyclist approaching any junction you will need to COMMUNICATE with any other road user that you are going to make a manoeuvre. Signalling your intentions and changing your position on the road to CONTROL the lane you are should leave vehicles in no doubt that you are in control of that lane.
Be safe when cycling by using your 4 C's!
See, Be Seen, Communicate and Control!