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Cycle training and road safety tips
Young cyclists
Everyone should have basic cycle training

This section of our guide to cycling in Cambridgeshire looks at road safety - including adult cycle training and advice on cycling in traffic.

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Cambridgeshire Constabulary Recovered Cycles
An Aladdin's Cave of cycles which have been recovered in the Cambridge area.

Drive Safe, Cycle Safe
Information from the Department for Transport to make motorists and cyclists more aware of one another.

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Road Safety
Cycle Training
Cyclists need to know the basic skills and principles in cycling on the road. Cycling can be daunting to the novice cyclist especially on busy roads.

'Cycle Friendly Employers' is a Cambridge based project that offers cycle training to adults either as individuals or in groups. A typical one hour session includes:
• a cycle safety check
• general instruction including route planning, observation and riding to be seen
• riding in traffic including keeping in lanes, traffic queues and junctions.
Find out more by calling 01223 712455 or by
e-mailing training@cfe.org.uk

Adult cycle training is available from 'Cycle Friendly Employers', but you may also find the tips below helpful.

"You have an absolute right to cycle on the road, and need not feel apologetic about your presence there" - says David Earl from UKCycling.Net.

Here are some of David's tips for cycling safely in traffic:

Cycling in traffic - advice from David Earl
Two key aspects to cycling safely in traffic are defensive cycling and assertive cycling.

  • Defensive cycling means being aware of what is going on around you all the time.
  • Assume that everyone else is going to do the unexpected - the next car door will open in your way, the car overtaking you will turn left across your path, the cyclist at the next turning will pull out in front of you etc...
  • Decide as you ride what you will do to avoid each potential incident.
  • Aim to be seen by other road users, and make eye contact with drivers waiting to pull out.

  • Assertive cycling means taking your proper place on the road and making positive, clear movements.
  • Cycle well out from the kerb - a metre or so according to conditions, but don't cycle closer in just because you are being pressured from behind, because that gives you less escape room and encourages overtaking too close.
  • When turning right or using a roundabout especially, position yourself much as you would in a car, using any turning lanes to the full.
  • It ought not to need saying, but you must obey traffic law. Pavements are for pedestrians, except where blue cycle signs indicate you can cycle. Traffic signals and one-way streets apply to cyclists just as much as motor vehicles.
  • If you are completely new to cycling, practice away from the road first. Learn how to look over both shoulders keeping a good balance.

Drive Safe, Cycle Safe
The Department for Transport provides some good information which aims to make motorists and cyclists more aware of one another. It is well worth both drivers and cyclists reading through to gain an understanding of each other's needs. Take a look a look at the Drive Safe, Cycle Safe factsheet here.

MoreFind out how to keep your bike safe and secure, what gear to use and some of the best cycle routes »

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Defensive and assertive cycling
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