This page details ways to keep safe when riding your bike.

Learn core bike skills:

  • Stopping - shift weight back.
  • Gears - change down before stopping.
  • Control - look behind without wobbling.
  • Signalling - be clear and confident.
  • Take waterproofs on a wet day.
  • A basic tool kit is helpful.
  • Try using a pannier to carry your work stuff.
  • When on a roundabout, use the middle of the most appropriate lane.
  • Always stop at traffic lights and school crossing patrols.
  • 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.
  • Cycle one metre from the kerb - not in the gutter.
  • Keep at least a door's width away from parked cars.
  • Cycle in the stream of traffic when you can match its speed.

Cycling at night

  • Bright lights help keep you safe.
  • You must have front and back lights as it is the law.
  • Lights are not just for night-time; use them in rain, fog, snow, mist or dusk.
  • Make sure your lights are bright and can be seen by other road users.

Remember:

  • You can be fined for not having lights.
  • Reflectors are not lights.

Weather

  • In bad weather, you are harder to see and stopping will take longer. Brake sooner and be seen, use lights & hi-vis.

Clothing

  • Remember waterproofs on a wet day.
  • Take basic tools with you.

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