Make sure your bike fits you properly, that you can control it comfortably and it is roadworthy. Get your bike assessed by a local bike shop if you are unsure how to do a full check.
- Dress to be seen so wear something bright or reflective.
- Ensure your bike has front and back reflectors.
- When cycling in the dark, make sure you have good working front and back lights.
- We recommend that you wear a helmet when cycling, to provide protection.
Tips when out about on your bike
- Feel confident in your riding ability. Be able to...
- Hold a straight course
- Signal without wobbling
- Look behind you over your shoulder
- Don't ride in the gutter, ride about one metre out. This avoids drains and grit, makes you more visible and prevents cars passing where there is not enough room.
- Be predictable. Be decisive. Signal in plenty of time and avoid hesitant or sudden manoeuvres.
- Always obey traffic regulations they are there to keep yourself and other road users safe. The Highway Code includes a section just for cyclists.
- Think ahead. Keep looking and listening. Look out for pedestrians crossing, cars pulling out, car doors beginning to open and hazards in the road surface.
- Make eye contact with other road users wherever possible.
- Never ride up the inside of any large vehicle when it is turning you cannot be seen.
- Drivers: Please give cyclists plenty of room, particularly when overtaking.
- Fit and use a bell, especially on shared paths, to warn pedestrians in good time of your approach.
- Be a courteous and considerate cyclist. Always give way to pedestrians on a shared cycling and walking path and remember that pedestrians do not always hear you approaching.
- Always be prepared. Carry a puncture repair kit and tools with you and know how to use them.
- Enjoy cycling!