Safety tips for cyclists and drivers

Cycle safely and make sure other road users know you’re there

Tips to cycle safely

  • Obey traffic lights and signs
  • Don’t cycle on the pavement unless it’s a designated cycle path
  • Wear a helmet
  • Keep your bike in good condition
  • Be aware of slippery surfaces when wet
  • Ride with a positive attitude and be sure of your decisions

How to be seen

  • Make sure you’re in a position that is visible to motorists
  • Use bike lights and consider bright or reflective clothing, especially in towns, at night and in bad weather
  • Check if other road users have seen you by making eye contact, especially at crossings
  • Signal clearly
  • Use your bell to warn unaware pedestrians

Things to be aware of on roads

  • Lorries will often pull out to the right before turning left. Dot not ride into the gap between the vehicle and the kerb
  • Avoid undertaking a vehicle when there is a road approaching to the left. Motorists often do not signal when turning. It’s better to hang back until the vehicle continues
  • Drive central on narrow roads
  • Ride a door’s width from parked cars

Useful tips for cyclists and drivers on how to share the road.

1. Drivers, look out for cyclists at junctions

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2. Drivers, give cyclists room to ride

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3. Cyclists, ride central on narrow roads

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4. Drivers, look out when getting out

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5. Cyclist’s, ride a door’s width from parked cars

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6. Motorcyclists, leave room for cyclists at traffic lights

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7. Cyclists, always stop at red lights

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8. Cyclists, stay back

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9. Drivers, look out for cyclists

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10. Passengers, look out when getting out

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Images from Transport for London who funded and developed the cycle safety campaign.

Highway Code advice:

  • Don’t jump red lights and signal clearly
  • Be seen – most accidents to cyclists happen at junctions
  • Fit lights and use them in poor visibility and always when it’s dark
  • Consider the merits of wearing a helmet and conspicuous clothing
  • Keep your bike roadworthy
  • Don’t cycle on pavements, except where signed for shared use
  • Use your bell – not all pedestrians can see you.
  • In wet weather watch your speed – surfaces will be slippery and it will take longer to stop
  • The ‘primary position’ in the centre of a traffic lane (otherwise known as ‘taking the lane’) is generally the safest, especially at junctions, on narrow roads and in slow moving traffic
  • Make eye contact with drivers at junctions
  • Signal confidently if you are turning and always look behind you, making eye contact with drivers, to check you aren’t going to be overtaken
  • Consider booking an hour-long adult cycle skills course if you need further tips and advice.
  • https://www.gov.uk/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82

     

When cycling on shared use paths please:

  • Give way to pedestrians, giving them plenty of room
  • Keep to your side of any dividing line where possible
  • Be prepared to slow down or stop
  • Don’t ride at high speeds
  • Be extra careful at junctions, bends and entrances
  • Many people are hard of hearing or visually impaired – don’t assume they can see or hear you.
  • Carry a bell and use it – don’t surprise people
  • Give way where there are wheelchair users and horse riders.

 

In the countryside…

  • Follow the Country Code
  • Respect land management activities such as farming or forestry and take litter home
  • Keep erosion to a minimum if off-road
  • Be self-sufficient – in remote areas carry food, repair kit, map, waterproofs and a mobile phone
  • Plan your journey to be within your capabilities
  • Match your speed to the surface and your skills.
  • Remember, poor cycling behaviour gives other cyclists a bad name.

 

Tips for motorists

  • Always look out for cyclists at junctions
  • When turning left watch for cyclists on your near side
  • Give cyclists a wide berth when overtaking – at least four feet
  • Give cyclists extra space when it’s windy or wet
  • Don’t get upset when cyclists don’t use cycle paths, there is no legal obligation for cyclists to use them
  • At night, dip your headlights when approaching cyclists
  • Do not sound your horn aggressively or in anger