Tips for cyclists on roads
- Ride in a position where you can see and be seen.
- Beware of vehicles turning left.
- Make eye contact with other road users, especially at junctions – then you know they’ve seen you.
- Signal clearly at all times.
- Follow the Highway Code – don’t jump red lights and don’t cycle on the pavement unless it’s a designated cycle path.
- By law you must have a front white light and a rear red light when cycling at night, and a rear reflector and pedal reflectors at all times.
- Consider wearing a helmet and bright or reflective clothing, especially in towns, at night and in bad weather.
- In wet weather watch your speed as surfaces may be slippery and it will take you longer to stop.
Consider getting some cycle training. All London’s boroughs provide free or subsidised training.
Tips for motorists
- When turning left watch for cyclists coming up on your near side and don’t cut them up.
- Give cyclists a wide berth when overtaking.
- At night, dip your headlights when approaching cyclists.
- In wet weather, allow cyclists extra room as surfaces may be slippery.
- Cyclists and motorists are equally entitled to use and share the same road space.
Tips for cyclists on shared-use paths
- Don’t go too fast - it can intimidate others.
- Use your bell to let others know you are approaching, but don’t assume they can hear or see you.
- Give way to others and always be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary.
- Keep left or on your side of any dividing line.
- Be careful at junctions, bends or entrances.
Tips for other path users
- Keep your dog under control.
- Keep to your side of any dividing line.