The Mirror release cycling safety tips in a bid to reduce cycling accidents

Great Britain’s cycling dominance in last summer’s Olympic Games and two British wins for Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in the Tour de France, have all contributed to the rising popularity of cycling. 

Riding a bike can be an economical and healthy alternative to cars and public transport. However, despite it being a great way to save money and burn calories, cycling has its dangers.

Great Britain’s cycling dominance in last summer’s Olympic Games and two British wins for Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in the Tour de France, have all contributed to the rising popularity of cycling. 

Riding a bike can be an economical and healthy alternative to cars and public transport. However, despite it being a great way to save money and burn calories, cycling has its dangers.The Mirror detailed that in the latest RoSPA stats, 107 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads in 2011, with another 3,085 seriously injured.

Staying alert, obeying traffic laws and riding carefully are all very important when trying to stay safe on the road, but here are some additional things to consider:

  • Keep your bike, tyres, brakes, gears and chain in good working order – just like you would a car. Your local bike shop should be able to offer you a service package;
  • Always use lights and hi-viz clothing if cycling at night – you may be fined £30 if you don’t have lights after dark, and;
  • Make sure you invest in a decent helmet – your brain is important to you, and it could save your life.
  • Ride defensively and expect the unexpected from motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians;
  • Use hand signals when turning left or right;
  • Give HGVs, buses and large vehicles plenty of room – AVOID passing them on the left;
  • Make eye contact with motorists before making manoeuvres to make sure they have seen you, and;
  • Don’t use a mobile phone or earphones while riding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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