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Cycling Safety 

 

Let's look out for each other! Drivers and cyclists are more alike than you think:

80% of cyclists hold a driving licence, and 1 in 5 drivers cycle at least once a month.

Advice when you are driving:

  • Look out for cyclists, especially when turning – make eye contact if possible so they know you’ve seen them.
  • Use your indicators – signal your intentions so that cyclists can react.
  • Give cyclists space – at least half a car’s width. If there isn’t sufficient space to pass, hold back. Remember that cyclists may need to manoeuvre suddenly if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a car door is opened.
  • Always check for cyclists when you open your car door.
  • Avoid driving over advanced stop lines – these allow cyclists to get in front and increase their visibility.
  • Follow the Highway Code including ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights.

Advice for when you’re cycling:

  • Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb – look and signal to show other drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen.
  • Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.
  • Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark increases your ability to be seen.
  • Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights.
  • THINK! (the national road safety campaign) recommends wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.