Cyclists are recognised as vulnerable road users and are strongly advised to wear reflective clothing and a cycling helmet to make them visible and offer them some protection. Lights are a must in poor weather conditions and during the hours of darkness.
The latest government figures reveal that on average 2 cyclists die and 83 are seriously injured every week on UK roads.
The new Highway Code no longer advises for cyclists to stay on the left hand side of the road and do not have to use any cycle lanes provided. Cyclists are told to ride “No less than half a metre” from the kerb or verge, placing greater responsibility on the motorist to overtake safely, leaving a minimum gap of 1.5 metres at speeds of up to 30mph and giving them more space when overtaking at higher speeds.
Cyclists are required to give way to pedestrians, as instructed by the Section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
Ultimate Guide to Cycling
We all know that cycling is great for our health, the environment, and our wallets. So, we’ve created the Ultimate Guide to Cycling for anyone of any age who is thinking of spending more time on two wheels or is new to cycling. This edition covers everything from buying and maintaining a bike, to improving your visibility when out on the roads. We’ve included loads of essential kit too, including helmets, lights and clothing so you can hit the roads fully prepared. Take a look through this digital edition by clicking the “full screen” button. You can even bookmark it to read later or click “share” to send it to friends and family.
Tell us what you think of the Ultimate Guide to Cycling by clicking here – completing the survey will only take a minute of your time.
Cycling just once a week can have a massive impact on your health and wellbeing and the #JustOneJourney campaign encourages individuals to be active on just one journey a week. More information can be found by clicking on the link here.
We regularly attend schools and community events to carry out free bike maintenance checks with Dr Bike and free bike marking sessions as well as running bikeability cycle training sessions in schools and the local community. More information can be found in the link here.