Safe Cycling

 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.

You can find out more about getting started from Sustrans at www.sustrans.org.uk, the London Cycling Campaign at www.lcc.org.uk – or just phone a friend who cycles.

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