What is Road Cycling Tips For Beginners? And Why Should You Care?
It’s always good to talk about commuting by bike my ” Thirteen Road Cycling tips for beginners” in Traffic presents ideas about cycling safely on the road and might put you in the festive spirit a little bit.
So, you’re wearing a helmet, more reflective gear than an early 90s raver and your bike lights are brighter than the Vegas strip. Unfortunately, there will always be bad drivers out there.
So this is our safety guide with a difference to help ensure that you don’t get hit by a car in the first place and become one of the 19,000 cyclists killed or injured in the UK each year in (reported) road accidents.
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Make yourself see and be seen
Forget less is more: more is more when it comes to being seen. Lights are a legal requirement after sunset, but can also be handy in daytime; especially during bad weather for extra visibility.
Wearing bright, reflective clothing or accessories will help you to be seen. You can also attract attention to yourself either by waving your arm if you can’t make eye contact, sounding a horn or a bell if you have one, or shouting!
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Ride further right
It’s actually safer to ride over to the right more (in the middle of the lane) as it gives you more visibility. You are more likely to get hit by a car at a junction that can’t see you over on the left than a car behind you (which can see you more clearly).
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Slowing down or stop
Although it may seem inconvenient, sometimes slowing down or stopping will reduce your chances of getting hit. Giving time for a parked car door to be opened or someone to not turn in front of you.
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Signal before turning
Always make sure you indicate your aerobics by using clear signals.
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Keep your eyes peeled
Try to always look ahead (and that bit further ahead) to be aware of everything around you, other traffic, pedestrians, hidden turnings in the road and any obstacles or obstructions which might pop up.
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Cycle on the left
There just aren’t any good reasons for cycling on the wrong side of the road. Although it is best practice for pedestrians to walk against the flow of traffic to be seen, it’s definitely not for cyclists.
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Don’t jump red lights
57% of cyclists have jumped a red light and 14% of cyclists do so on a regular basis according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. There are cyclists out there who will argue that it’s safer to run a red light rather than wait, but the rules of the road apply to everyone and are there for a reason.
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Be aware of traffic
Be aware of traffic behind you (especially when approaching a junction) and aware of traffic in front of you when you pass over in mind that some motorists can be massively inconsiderate with the amount of space they will give you when they are moving past.
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Don’t pass on the left (EVER!!!)
If the car in front of you is moving slowly, move slowly as well. If it doesn’t speed up then, when it’s safe to do so, overtake on the right. Ride behind vehicles rather than in their blind spot to the side and give yourself enough room to brake if the vehicle turns. Also, check behind for other cyclists sneaking up on you from the left.
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Don’t ride on the pavement
The Institute of Advanced Motorists claims that 73% of cyclists ride on the pavement. Riding on the pavement is just a massive no. It’s not necessarily safer, and you are a danger to pedestrians. Drivers don’t expect cyclists at pedestrian crossings and it’s more difficult for them to see you.
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Look behind before moving
Always look behind you before moving right, keeping a straight line whilst you do so (practice makes perfect at this) to avoid swaying to the right. Bike mirrors can be a good option for cycling in traffic.
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Choose where you ride
It’s best to ride in bike lanes where available, on wide roads or on roads where the traffic moves slowly (the slower the traffic, the more likely drivers are to see you). Also, make sure that there is plenty of space between you and the kerb.
Be confident on the road
Ride from the edge of the road-this gives you room to move around obstacles and it encourages other road users to give you more room when overtaking. And lastly obey the rules of highway and follow the guidelines published by Bikeability that will help you to be confident on the road.
Wrapping up: Safety should be your main concern and by wearing a helmet, dressing appropriately, staying hydrated and taking cycle lights with you, you can continue to enjoy long rides .Please always remember to ride at your own level and be respectful of other riders and motorists. Hope that our tips are helpful and happy cycling!