To make sure you’re cycling safely, you should adhere to the following recommendations:
- Be visible to other road users and pedestrians. Steer well clear of the curb; wear bright or fluorescent clothing in daylight and in poor light and reflective clothing at night. Always use lights after dark, in the rain or if the weather is overcast.
- Don’t ride in the gutter. Give yourself space on the left, and don’t feel you have to hug the curb if a car behind you gets impatient.
- Protect yourself. Always wear a helmet as this reduces the risk of head injury if you are involved in a crash.
- Show drivers what you plan to do in plenty of time. Always look and signal before you start, stop or make a turn. Make eye contact with drivers and let them know you’ve seen them.
- Ride decisively. Don’t weave between lanes or change direction suddenly without signaling.
- Use cycle facilities wherever possible: these include cycle lanes and paths, advanced stop lines for cycles at traffic lights.
If a cycle track (off road) is shared with pedestrians:
- Keep to the cyclists’ side.
- Watch out for people who might find it difficult to move out of your way, such as older people, children and people with disabilities.
- Use your bell to let people know you’re there.
- Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.
- Don’t dodge through stationary traffic – ride in a straight line down one side.
Cyclists and the law – remember it’s against the law for cyclists to:
- Jump red lights, including lights at pedestrian crossings.
- Cycle on pavements, unless there’s a sign showing the pavement has been converted to a cycle track or shared-use surface.
- Ride across pedestrian crossings, unless it’s a toucan crossing.
If you do not feel confident following any of the above recommendations, why not take a look at our cycle training page.
Mark your frame. UV marker pens are available from the Travelchoice Team.
It is generally considered that U-locks (also known as D-locks) are the most secure form of cycle lock, although it is often best to use two different types of lock; a U-lock and a cable or chain lock for instance. It is recommended that your lock(s) should cost approximately 10% of the value of your bike.
When locking your bike, position your bike frame and wheels so that you take up as much of the open space within the lock as possible. The tighter the lock, the harder it will be for a thief to attempt to remove it.
Always lock your bike to something solid, such as a Sheffield stand, in a public and well-lit area.
If you have quick release wheels, take off the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel.
There is also an accreditation scheme for locks, in the form of “SOLD SECURE”. Sold Secure grant three different levels of award according to how secure a lock is, ranging from Silver to Gold. Whilst a gold award does not mean that the lock is impenetrable, it does mean that it withstood all that Sold Secure threw at it within the allocated time.
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Lock Security – Sold Secure