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Be a safer Cyclist

Below is some advice for drivers and cyclists on how to share the roads.

Advice for drivers

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  • Look out for cyclists, especially when turning - make eye contact if possible so they know you’ve seen them.
  • Use your indicators - signal your intentions so that cyclists can react.
  • Give cyclists plenty of space when over taking them:
    • leave as much room as you would when overtaking a car.
    • If there isn’t space to pass, hold back.
    • Remember that cyclists may need to manoeuvre suddenly if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a car door is opened.
  • Always check for cyclists before you open your car door
  • Follow the Highway Code including ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights.
  • 80% of cyclists hold a driving licence and 1 in 5 drivers cycle at least once a month, they’re often the same people.
  • Ride
    • positively,
    • decisively
    • and well clear of the kerb
  • Look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen
  • Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor
  • Wear light coloured or reflective clothing during the day
  • Wear reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark to increase your visibility
  • Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights
  • THINK! recommends wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet.  It should be securely fastened and conforms to current regulations

Cycle helmets

You may already be aware that wearing a cycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries in an accident by about 85%. But can you be sure that your helmet will protect you? For the best advice about wearing your helmet correctly refer to the instructions provided when you bought the helmet. Read the following notes for a general overview:

  1. Check to see if your helmet meets the standard EN 1078.
  2. The helmet should be:
    • Comfortable,
    • Snug fit once on, but without the buckle done up the helmet should touch your head at the crown, sides, back and front at the same time.
    • Next try to push the helmet backwards, forwards and from side to side.
    • If this makes a gap between your head and the helmet you need to choose a different style or size of helmet.
  3. Important - the helmet must be worn so that:
    • It is level on the head,
    • Just above the eyebrows.
    • When the straps are done up you shouldn't be able to push the helmet backwards, forwards or in any direction much at all.
    • The rear strap should meet the front strap just under your ear near the hinge of your jaw.
    • All straps should be equally tight and free from slack.
    • A test for this is that you should only be able to get two fingers between the straps and your chin.

The helmet should not restrict vision or hearing in any way.  This is because it may prevent you from seeing or hearing approaching traffic or any warning signals from other road users.