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Blog post: Should I wear a helmet?

LCC believes cyclists should be able to choose whether to wear a helmet or not. This is because the evidence that helmets increase safety is inconclusive (visit www.cyclehelmets.org for more information), whereas they have been shown to reduce...

Blog post: How to report dangerous driving

It's always worth reporting incidences of dangerous driving, as they help to raise awareness of cycling with the Police or with the companies involved. General reporting You can report dangerous driving and near misses at the Met Police RoadSafe...

Blog post: Finding your way around London

London Cycling Network Cycling on back streets can be much more enjoyable than on main roads, but it can also be slower. During the 2000s, there was an attempt (not a very good one) to build a London Cycle Network, which used smaller roads but...

Blog post: Overtaking and using roundabouts

Overtaking It is often necessary to overtake stationary or slow-moving vehicles in traffic. Whatever the circumstances, watch for pedestrians stepping through lanes of traffic or doors opening as you pass. When you overtake it is important to b...

Blog post: Using cycle facilities

Cycle lanes, bus lanes and cycle paths Cycle lanes are often created to encourage cycling in certain areas or along busy roads that may have previously been difficult to negotiate. Cycle lanes with unbroken white lines are for the sole use of c...

Blog post: Road positioning and turning

One of the key principles of safe cycling is to cycle in a prominent position on the road where you can be clearly seen. Avoid cycling very close to the kerb or edge of the road, which reduces your room for manoeuvre and makes you more likely t...

Blog post: Minimising risk while cycling in London

These tips make the roads safer for you, and for other people. Novice and experienced cyclists alike can learn a lot from cycle training, so contact your local council to ask about free or subsidised lessons: Be extra careful near large lorries...

Blog post: Free training from your local council

All London boroughs offer free or subsidised cycle training. The TfL website gives contact details. Contact the council in the area where you live and where you work or study to find where you can get the best deal. Some trainers wil...

Blog post: Test your skills in a traffic-free area

If you haven’t cycled much before, find yourself a traffic-free environment to start off in such as your local park. You might want to take a more experienced friend with you for help and advice, which where getting in touch with a local ...

Blog post: Getting started with our help

Getting in touch with your local borough group is a great way to get free advice on accessories, route-planning, and to join in beginner-friendly rides. You can also contact our staff by phone or email, or join us for drinks to find out more abou...

Blog post: Some common concerns

  I can't cycle as I have to wear smart clothing Don't think that because cycle couriers wear lycra you have to do the same. In Cambridge and Oxford lycra is rarely seen; in Holland it's even rarer. You can cycle in suits, skirts and unifor...

Blog post: Benefits of cycling

Health Commuting by bike is great for your health, giving you a low-impact workout twice a day, so it can help you keep your weight down. According to the government regular exercise like cycling also halves your chances of suffering from hear...

Blog post: Bikeability cycle training

The new standard for cycle training is the Bikeability award scheme. To get their Bikeability award, children and adults are instructed on how to ride their bikes to the Government approved National Standard for Cycle  training, which sets ou...