- Wear a cycling helmet which conforms to current regulations – make sure it’s the correct size and is securely fastened
- Wear appropriate clothing – avoid dark coloured clothes and clothes which may get tangled or obscure your lights
- Wear reflective or fluorescent clothing/ accessories e.g. belt, arm or ankle bands
- Do not wear anything which may obstruct your balance e.g. it wouldn’t be sensible to carry home a week’s worth of shopping on your bike.
On the road
- Use cycle routes, dedicated cycling tracks, advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings unless at the time it is unsafe to do so
- Cycling lanes are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the carriageway. When using cycling lanes, keep within the lane when practical. When leaving a cycle lane, ensure that you’ve checked it is safe do so and signal your intention to other road users
- You must NOT cycle on the pavement
- Most bus lanes can be used by cyclists as indicated on signs. Watch out for people getting on or off a bus. Be very careful when overtaking a bus or leaving a bus lane as you will be entering a busier traffic flow. For your own safety, do not pass between the kerb and a bus when it is at a stop.
Riding your bike
- Keep both hands on the handlebars apart from when you’re signalling or changing gear
- Keep both feet on the pedals
- Never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends
- Do not ride close behind a vehicle
- Be considerate of other road users, particularly those with visual impairments. Use your bell if necessary to let them know you are there
- Look all around before moving away from the kerb, turning or manoeuvring, to make sure it is safe to do so. Give a clear signal to show other road users what you intend to do
- Look well ahead for obstructions in the road, such as drains, pot-holes, speed humps and parked vehicles so that you do not have to swerve suddenly
- Be aware of traffic coming up behind you
- Obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
Parking your bike
- Find a location where it can be seen by passers-by
- Use cycle stands or other cycle parking facilities wherever possible
- Do not leave it where it would cause an obstruction or hazard to other road users
- Secure it well so that it will not fall over and become an obstruction or hazard.