This page details how to be a considerate cyclist when riding your bike in and around Portsmouth:

Crossings and traffic lights

  • Always stop at traffic lights and school crossing patrols

Junctions

  • Arrive at the junction in the middle of the lane
  • Look out for other vehicles coming from side roads
  • Wait in the traffic queue, unless it’s safe to move to the front

Signalling

  • Remember to signal clearly and always look behind you

Road position

  • One metre from the kerb - not in the gutter
  • Keep at least a door's width away from parked cars

Remember

Blind spots

  • Lorry drivers may not be able to see you; if you can’t see the mirrors, the driver can’t see you
  • Look out for lorries turning left from beside or behind you
  • Take extra care around large vehicles

Positioning

  • Never cycle up the inside of a lorry or bus
  • Don’t stop too close to the front of a stationary lorry
  • Take up a visible position at lights and junctions

Using roundabouts

Approach:

  • Wait in the traffic queue
  • Be ready to stop - think about gears and brakes
  • Give way to your right

On the roundabout:

  • Stay in the centre of your lane
  • Be aware of other vehicles
  • Be aware of what is happening behind you
  • Look out for other vehicles entering the roundabout

Exiting:

  • Look
  • Signal
  • Look
  • Double-check before exiting

Good practice

  • Don't come too close to the edge of the roundabout
  • Don't pass on the inside
  • Large vehicles may need to cut across lanes
  • If you are not confident, find another route or walk around

Cycling in shared paths

Pavements

  • Only cycle on the pavement when there is a sign which says you can use the pavement
  • Give way; look out for each other
  • Cycle on the left
  • Remember that shared path is for sharing but pedestrians have priority

Speed

  • Always be ready to stop - you never know what may happen
  • Slow down near blind bends and junctions

Behaviour

  • Use your bell or call out politely
  • Say “thank you.”

Pedestrians

  • Be aware of cycles on shared paths
  • Try to keep dogs under control

Cyclists

  • Be especially careful near older or disabled people, as well as children and dogs

 

If you want to find out how to keep your bike safe, please familiarise yourself with The Highway Code and bike safety article in the related articles box below.


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