Six top tips when using a bicycle:
Tips for cyclists
When cycling on roads:
- follow the Highway Code - don't jump red lights and signal clearly
- be seen - most accidents to cyclists happen at junctions
- fit lights and use them in poor visibility and always when it's dark
- consider the merits of wearing a helmet and conspicuous clothing
- keep your bike roadworthy
- don’t cycle on pavements, except where signed for shared use
- use your bell - not all pedestrians can see you.
- in wet weather watch your speed - surfaces will be slippery and it will take longer to stop
- the 'primary position' in the centre of a traffic lane (otherwise known as 'taking the lane') is generally the safest, especially at junctions, on narrow roads and in slow moving traffic
- make eye contact with drivers at junctions
- signal confidently if you are turning and always look behind you, making eye contact with drivers, to check you aren't going to be overtaken
Consider booking an hour-long adult cycle skills course if you need further tips and advice.
On shared use paths...
When cycling on shared use paths please:
- give way to pedestrians, giving them plenty of room
- keep to your side of any dividing line where possible
- be prepared to slow down or stop
- don’t ride at high speeds
- be extra careful at junctions, bends and entrances
- many people are hard of hearing or visually impaired - don't assume they can see or hear you.
- Carry a bell and use it - don't surprise people
- give way where there are wheelchair users and horse riders.
In the countryside...
- follow the Country Code
- respect land management activities such as farming or forestry and take litter home
- keep erosion to a minimum if off-road
- be self-sufficient - in remote areas carry food, repair kit, map, waterproofs and a mobile phone
- plan your journey to be within your capabilities
- match your speed to the surface and your skills.
And in general...
- Remember, poor cycling behaviour gives other cyclists a bad name.