need to know the basic skills and principles in cycling on the road.
Cycling can be daunting to the novice cyclist especially on busy
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
cycle training is available from 'Cycle Friendly Employers', but
you may also find the tips below helpful.
have an absolute right to cycle on the road, and need not feel apologetic
about your presence there" - says David Earl from UKCycling.Net.
are some of David's tips for cycling safely in traffic:
in traffic - advice from David Earl
key aspects to cycling safely in traffic are defensive cycling and
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
Safe, Cycle Safe factsheet here.
out how to keep
your bike safe and secure, what gear
to use and some of the best cycle