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.