At the beginning of the summer, with the help of our local cycle shop – Ridgeway Cycles in Wantage – my husband fitted some roof rails to my car so that we could take our bikes and cycle away from Faringdon. Around our area there are no cycle paths; the roads are dangerous, fast and HILLY!
The number of cyclists on our roads continues to increase, whether for fun, fitness or commuting. So, it’s important that we look out for each other. When we’re cycling on the road, we always follow the tips below. Even more so when I’m driving.
- See them! Make eye contact if possible so cyclists know you’ve seen them, paying particular attention when turning or approaching a junction
- Indicate – let cyclists know what you’re going to do in plenty of time
- Give them space, especially when overtaking. If there’s not enough space, hold back and do not tailgate. Cyclists may need to make a sudden manoeuvre if the road is poor or has potholes (which is often), if it’s windy, or if a vehicle door is opened
- ALWAYS check your mirrors when parked before opening your vehicle door
- The Highway Code applies to all road users – you must stop and give way to cyclists as well as motor vehicles at junctions and roundabouts
- Be seen! Bright, reflective clothing should be worn in the day, with reflective clothing, lights and other accessories in the dark or when visibility is poor
- Indicate – let other road users know your intention by signalling, especially when turning. Eye contact with other road users can help to make sure they’ve seen you
- Give them space, especially when cycling near parked vehicles or passing large vehicles such as lorries or buses. Avoid passing or riding up the inside of large vehicles and make sure you’re in a visible space at junctions or areas where you might not otherwise be seen
- The Highway Code applies to all road users, including cyclists – observe ‘Stop’ and ‘Give Way’ signs and traffic lights
- Wear a secure, undamaged and correctly fitted helmet
- Do not cycle on the pavement unless it’s a designated cycle path
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This edited article originally appeared on LV Broker Blog.