Staying Safe on the Road and Being Seen on a Bike
Part of the Cycling For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)
You can be the best cyclist in the world, but you’re still vulnerable on a bike. Forewarned is forearmed, so keep yourself safe with these tips on how to keep yourself out of trouble on the roads:
Visibility is key: Wear bright clothes and be sure to stay in a position where other traffic can see you.
Get some company: If you’re new to riding on roads, get a friend with a bike to show you how – there’s always safety in numbers.
Car doors: When riding alongside parked cars, be wary of doors flying open in your path. Slow down and keep your eyes peeled.
Don’t hug the kerb: Don’t let other traffic think that squeezing past you in the same lane is safe – it’s not. Stay a metre from the kerb and drivers can see you more easily from every direction.
Eye contact: You can’t be sure a driver knows you’re there until you make eye contact. Don’t be afraid to wave just to make sure you’ve been seen.
The rules: Make sure you know the rules of the road for cyclists. You make yourself safer if you know what they are. Check out the Highway Code online.
Stay safe: No matter what the rules are, if you think a junction isn’t safe for you, get off your bike and make your way round as a pedestrian.