Choosing to cycle as an alternative to driving is a great way to keep fit and help the environment. But, with the number of cars on our roads increasing, it’s important be aware of basic road safety to keep you and other road users safe.
Protect yourself. Wear a cycle helmet to protect your head from injury.
Be visible. Wear bright clothing. Always use lights after dark or in poor day-time visibility. Ride well clear of the kerb.
Think ahead. Anticipate what other road users and pedestrians might do. Watch out for people crossing the road or getting off the bus.
Show drivers what you plan to do. Always look and signal before you move away, stop or turn.
Ride confidently and decisively. It helps motorists to understand what you plan to do.
Show consideration. Acknowledging a courtesy from a driver, pedestrian or another cyclist makes for a more enjoyable journey
Jump red lights
Ride on pavements
Ride the wrong way in one-way streets (unless signs say that cyclists are permitted to do so)
Ride across pedestrian crossings
Ride when under the influence of drink or drugs
If you’re ready to get out on the road with your bike you might like to familiarise yourself with cycling road signs. For the most common ones, visit the Sustrans website: Cycling signs and road markings [external link]
For more tips on staying safe whilst cycling click through to The Bike Storage Company website where they have an excellent page on Bike Safety in the UK, or to RoSPA where you'll find tips on sharing the road.