Saturday, 10 September 2016

Cycle to Work Day



cycle commuting

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 ahead
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.

Lights
When dark or there is bad visibility you must, by law, have lights on the front and rear of your bike.

As its often cheaper, quicker and certainly healthier to commute by bike rather than car hopefully more will be tempted to give it a try on 14th September.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Teme Valley Cycle Routes

Over the spring Push Bike! has been working with Malcolm Salisbury, Economic Development Officer for Malvern Hills District Council and Andy Stevenson from Worcester University’s Graphic Design Department to pull together and check out six new family friendly cycle rides in and around the Teme Valley.

The rides start at Stamford-on-Teme, Martley, Bransford, Tenbury Wells, Pencombe and Cleobury Mortimer. They vary in length from 5.5 to 8.5 miles and have been carefully selected to use quiet, scenic lanes, include various local attractions and either a café or pub en route for vital refreshments.

Lecturer Andy Stevenson and his graphic design students have done a brilliant job to prepare six very user friendly and well-illustrated route sheets for each ride. These include an annotated map, a route profile, clear direction notes and factual information on local places of interest that will be passed.

The cycle routes, together with six walking trails, will supersede the Council’s existing leisure drive guide. The ‘Teme Valley Tour Guide’ is available free from tourist information centres, libraries, and other public outlets. It can also be downloaded from the Malvern Hills District Council tourism website www.vistthemalverns.org

The paper guide will be complemented on-line by downloadable cycling (and walking) routes to print off as A4 PDF files or transferring to mobile devices such as phones and i-pads. In the longer term its planned to provide GPX and KML files so the routes can be followed on GPS enabled smart phones and navigation devices.
  
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