Below are some top tips to help you start cycling, return to cycling, or cycle more often.
Below are some top tips to help you start cycling, return to cycling, or cycle more often. If you haven’t cycled for a while then start with short journeys on quiet roads and build up your skills and confidence. And always make sure your bike is safe and roadworthy – but most of all enjoy the ride!
Doing a short two hour cycle training session to improve bike handling skills is a great idea for all riders, not just people new to cycling. But these may not be available in your area currently – check with your local council.
If you have had cycle training and want to build up your confidence then LCC’s Cycle Buddies might be good for you [LINK to Cycle Buddies / in post grid at bottom]
It’s a legal requirement to stop at red traffic lights as well as have reflectors and two bike lights at night (white on the front and red on the back). If you break these laws you are potentially putting yourself and others in danger, and can be fined. You should be familiar with the Highway Code. Riding your bike on the pavement is not allowed in the UK unless you see a sign allowing it [picture of sign?] . If you are cycling on a space shared with pedestrians‚ drop your pace and keep an eye out for people walking.
Cycling on the pavement is permitted where you see this sign
You should make sure your bike is safe and roadworthy, especially if you have not used it for a while. Check your tyres are pumped up and your brakes work. Use an ‘M’ check to make sure your bike is working okay and do an ABC check daily before you set off.
Be extra careful cycling near large lorries –most of the worst collisions involve these vehicles. Be extra aware of left turning lorries:
Make sure you look out for pedestrians and other cyclists especially the young, old or disabled. In busy areas pedestrians may walk out without looking, so just slow down and be aware of other road users. Give everybody plenty of space and time to cross the road at crossings.