People bike for a whole range of reasons. It could be that it’s the quickest and cheapest way for you to travel around the region, you may use your bike to keep fit, to be greener, it could be your main form of transport or just for the sheer fun of it.
What ever the reason is that makes you get on your bike make sure that you keep yourselves safe.
Choosing and maintaining your bicycle
Make sure that
- you choose the right size of cycle for comfort and safety
- lights and reflectors are kept clean and in good working order
- tyres are in good condition and inflated to the pressure shown on the tyre
- gears are working correctly
- the chain is properly adjusted and oiled
- the saddle and handlebars are adjusted to the correct height.
- ensure your brakes are efficient
- at night, use lit front and rear lights and have an efficient red rear reflector.
Keeping yourself safe
- wear a cycle helmet.
- wear appropriate clothes for cycling. Avoid clothes, which may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights.
- Wear light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which help other road users to see you in daylight and poor light
- Wear reflective clothing and / or accessories (vest, belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark
On the road
Use cycle routes when you can.
Cycle tracks – these are normally located away from the road but may be found alongside footpaths or pavements. Sometime cycle tracks may be shared with pedestrians. Take care when passing pedestrians especially children, the elderly or disabled people and allow them plenty of room.
Cycle lanes – these are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the road. Keep within the lane whenever possible.
Bus lanes – these may be used by cyclists only if the sign includes a cycle symbol. Watch out for people getting on or off the bus. Be very careful when overtaking a bus or leaving a bus lane as you will be entering busier traffic flow.
The information for this page is based upon advice and guidance from the Highway Code website and we acknowledge any copyright.
Further information and advice about riding a motorcycle can be found at the Think! and the Highway Code websites.