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August 5th, 2021
Be cycle savvy with our 7 cycling safety tips.
Maybe you’ve taken up cycling as a new hobby or you’re a real cycling enthusiast, whatever it may be, these 7 cycling safety tips will help keep you safe.
Planning your journey before you set off is possibly one of the most important cycling safety tips we can give you. It means you know what to expect and if you’re prepared and have your route planned out you can focus on the other things around you on your ride that may pose a danger such as cars, buses or potholes. You can choose routes that are quieter or that feature a cycle path. Whether you are looking to plan your city commute, a midweek adventure or a weekend ride, being prepared is key.
As a cyclist, you need to make sure you position yourself well on the road for the safety of yourself and others. Keeping at least 50cm from the curb makes you more visible to drivers and reduces the risk of cycling over drains, potholes and debris. However, if you want to ensure that you are not overtaken by cars you will need to ride further out and closer to the middle of the road. Cycling close to the centre of a lane means it will be more likely that a driver will stay behind you rather than try to get past you.
Keep an eye on both the road and on motorists. Being aware of your surroundings means that you can spot any uneven patches of road, potholes and puddles whilst also preparing yourself for any upcoming junctions, roundabouts and traffic lights. When possible, you should try to make eye contact with drivers to give you the reassurance that they’ve seen you. However, it’s important to not just rely on eye contact alone, you should watch all motorists carefully and try to anticipate any sudden movements.
Remember that as a cyclist you are much more vulnerable than someone in a vehicle, particularly a large one. Always be cautious of large vehicles such as lorries and never, ever overtake one. They have large blind spots meaning that they could be completely unaware of your presence.
Drivers on the road can often be unpredictable and as a cyclist, you need to make sure that you have your wits about you. Try to anticipate a driver’s next move and always leave enough room between yourself and any vehicles, to ensure that you can stop safely if a vehicle comes to a sudden stop.
The best practice with this one is to assume that car doors will open and therefore make sure you always give plenty of space when cycling past parked cars. When approaching a parked car, you should check to make sure it is safe for you to move out and if possible, check to see if anyone is in the parked car. While motorists are encouraged to ue the Dutch-reach, a technique for exiting a car that requires the driver to use the hand furthest away from the door to open it, meaning they look behind them naturally, it isn’t used by all drivers.
Making yourself visible to other road users is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe. The majority of accidents between motorists and cyclists happen when drivers are not aware of your presence. The best way to make sure that you’re visible is through your clothing and bike lights. We recommend wearing bright clothing, ideally fluorescent and also purchasing front and rear lights for both day and night riding. Lights can help you to be visible at night but also be seen even in bright sunlight.
Above are just some cycling safety tips, we hope that you’ve found this article informative. Remember to put your safety first and always follow the highway code.
However, even if you take all the necessary precautions, a cycling accident may still occur.
If you have been involved in a cycling accident, or if you suffer a cycling-related injury as a result of someone else’s negligence this summer, our team is here to help you claim the compensation you deserve and help with your rehabilitation which you may need following your accident.
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