• follow the Highway Code and obey traffic signs and signals. Red means stop!
  • do not ride on the pavement (unless signs show that you may)
  • when sharing paths with pedestrians, be considerate. Keep to the correct side of the path (where it is segregated) and use a bell to warn others of your approach
  • when riding on the road, show other road users what you intend to do
  • think ahead. Anticipate drivers’ actions. Catch their eye
  • always use lights (front and rear) at night
  • be visible. Ride clear of the kerb and wear bright and/or reflective clothing
  • move over when it is safe and convenient
  • ride positively, decisively and confidently

Bicycle Maintenance

  • make sure that your bike is the correct size for comfort and safety
  • reflectors and lights – are they fitted and working? It is against the law to ride a bike without a reflector, and remember to keep them clean!
  • are your tyres properly inflated? Do they have good tread?
  • ensure that the chain is oiled and properly adjusted
  • check your brakes – are the brake pads worn? Do they work?

What cyclists would like motorists to know:

  • cyclists are more vulnerable than motorists – drivers have the major responsibility to take care. Rain, wind and poor visibility make conditions worse for cyclists
  • cyclists can feel threatened by inconsiderate driving. They have a right to space on the road and need extra room at junctions and roundabouts where cars change speed, position and direction
  • cyclists ride away from the kerb, not to annoy motorists but to avoid drains, potholes and debris, be seen as they approach junctions, and discourage drivers from squeezing past where it is too narrow
  • cyclists turning right are exposed and need more consideration
  • cyclists can be forced into faster traffic by vehicles parked inconsiderately
  • cyclists are dazzled by full beam headlights, like everyone else
  • cyclists can be moving quite fast

What motorists can do:

  • Think Bike – expect to see cyclists
  • slow down and drive smoothly. Expect sudden movements by cyclists, especially in bad weather
  • keep to the speed limit
  • remember to signal
  • watch for the riders on the inside
  • give cyclists space and never force past them
  • be patient
  • cyclists turning right need space and time
  • always look for cyclists before opening a car door. Park considerately
  • use dipped headlights
  • expect speed from cyclists. Think of a bike as a vehicle – it is!

What motorists would like cyclists to know:

  • motorists get upset if cyclists ride without lights, ignore red traffic lights or hop on and off the pavement
  • motorists usually travel faster than cyclists and may have less time to take account of hazards
  • motorists may not always see cyclists
  • motorists are made uneasy by cyclists that seem hesitant, move out suddenly or wobble
  • motorists can feel delayed by cyclists
  • motorists don’t always understand that some surfaces, junctions or traffic conditions cause problems for cyclists

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