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Are We Aware of Cyclists on the Road?
posted on Nov 26 2013 by Jade Hensby
In recent weeks there has been an increase in cyclist deaths in London and as a result we have taken a serious look into the relationship between drivers and cyclists on the road. This blog will outline exactly where a cyclist should be riding, and what drivers must do to ensure that everyone stays safe on the roads.
Cyclists should make sure they can be seen at all times. Clothing is an important safety feature. All cyclists should wear a cycle helmet, appropriate clothing which is light coloured or fluorescent, along with reflective clothing or accessories so that they remain visible at all times. At night you must cycle with a white front and red rear light. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp instead.
Cycle routes should always be used along with advance stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings. The only exception to this rule is if it is unsafe to do so. These rules will make your journey safer so it is advised that you follow them. Cyclists must not use the pavement.
When cycling on the roads you should:
- look all around before moving away from the kerb, whilst giving a clear signal to show other road users what you intend to do.
- Look well ahead for obstructions in the road, such as drains, potholes, and parked vehicles so that you do not have to swerve.
- Be aware of traffic coming up behind you.
- Take extra care near road humps, narrowing and other traffic features.
- Take care when overtaking.
You must not:
- Carry a passenger.
- Hold onto a moving vehicle or trailer.
- Ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner.
- You must not cross the stop line when the traffic lights are red.
As a cyclists you must ensure that you are riding responsibly so that drivers around you know how to manoeuvre themselves ensuring that the roads stay safe and accident free. To find out more visit https://www.gov.uk/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82