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Friday, November 8, 2013

7 tips for staying safe on your bike | @cyclebybicycle

Banish the winter blues and get back on the road safely.
Get back on the road safely. Image by Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious
Before jumping back onto your bike it’s worthwhile remembering that some road users just aren’t looking out for us cyclists. But don’t panic – we’ve got some handy top-tips to keep you safe and seen out on the road.

1. Be alert

It’s amazing what you will encounter as a cyclist on the road, you need to have your wits about you and be attentive to both the road and it’s other users. Keep your eyes peeled for fellow cyclists, motorists, parked cars and pedestrians with their unruly dogs, prams and children – at all times.

2. Have confidence

Always remember that us cyclists have as much right to be on the road as motorists, be confident in your abilities and bike positioning. Pay attention to vehicle blind spots; don’t hide to the side or behind vehicles. In particular, try not to cycle up the inside of big vehicles, HGV’s turning left are notorious for their involvement in cycling accidents.
Being assertive, letting other road users know your intentions is incredibly important. It helps keep traffic flowing so don’t forget to signal early and clearly.

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