Wednesday 14 September is Cycle to Work Day. You’ll find further information at www.cyclingtowork.org , but here’s a few top tips for negotiating traffic safely.
Leave that lorry alone
Never undertake a lorry on the left, especially at a junction and even if there’s a cycle lane. If you do you’ll be in the driver’s blind spot and if the lorry turns you have no escape.
Make eye contact
Making eye contact with other road users, particularly at junctions and roundabouts is a good way of checking the driver has seen you.
Look over your shoulder
Regularly check what’s happening behind you. Always look behind before signaling or changing your road position.
Look well ahead for hazards such as potholes and parked cars, so you don’t have to suddenly swerve to avoid them. It also helps in prepare and position yourself safely for junctions, roundabouts and traffic lights.
Get out of the gutter!
Cycle at least 1 metre from the kerb and further out if its not safe for a vehicle to pass. In this position you’re more visible to drivers, you avoid hazards such as debris, potholes and grates and it’s easier to get out of harm’s way if a vehicle passes too close.
Don’t be floored by car doors
Leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles and watch out for doors being opened.
Make your intentions clear
Signal and manoeuvre well in advance and only when its safe to do so. Keep a central position in your lane so vehicles can’t undertake too closely on the left.
Cover your brakes
Keep your hands on your brake levers, so you’re always ready to use them. Always use both brakes at the same time. Take extra care when it is wet or icy.
When dark or there is bad visibility you must, by law, have lights on the front and rear of your bike.