Be Safe On Your Bike

Before you get on your bike...

  • Check your brakes work
  • Check that the tyres are pumped up
  • All the reflectors on your bike should be shiny and clean
  • Make sure you are not wearing the type of clothes that would get stuck in the chain or wheels
  • Put on a correctly fitted helmet and wear bright colours

Do's & Don'ts

You must not cycle in the dark without clean, working lights on the front and back of your bike. Make sure you also wear reflective clothing so that drivers can see you.

When you get on your bike, look around to check for traffic before you start to cycle. Remember to keep checking for traffic every time you stop.

Do not ride on the pavement unless there is a sign saying it is safe to do so.

Keep two hands on the handle bars – if you do have to take one hand off, it should be to change gear or to give a hand signal.

Be extra careful when cycling near big vehicles like Lorries and Buses because the drivers may not be able to see you. Don't ride in the space between the vehicle and the kerb, they may be going to turn left.

Try to always use less busy roads. Some areas have cycle lanes for you to use.

When you are next out in a car, look at the cyclists. Are there times when you can’t see them? Which ones are easier to see and why?

Learn more about cycling safety by downloading the Tales of the Road Safety Booklet


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