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With the weather changing dramatically now, we seem to be heading faster and faster towards Autumn. The nights are starting to draw in and with that comes a cycling safety concern: are you doing enough to be safe and be seen on the roads?
We all know cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy as well as being environmentally friendly, but lots of us tend to forget what we can do to ensure we stay safe on our journeys. With far more challenging weather conditions on the way, and increased hours of darkness, it’s important that you do all that you can to be safe on the roads. With that in mind, Cycle Centre has put together it’s top tips and advice to help you be safe this Autumn and Winter.
Cycling Safety: Be Safe and Be Seen
- Always wear a correctly fitted helmet that meets the British Standard and don’t forget to ensure you have the correct children’s helmets fitted too.
- Wear high visability clothing especially a high vis jacket when cycling in poor light. Ideally you should have reflective clothing during the day, and reflective clothing and/or accessories at night.
- Ensure that all of bike’s lights are in good working order and if they need replacing do so now. Legally your bike must have front and back lights, reflectors do not count as lights so make sure your bicycle is safe and has the correct lights fitted. You can see a good range of Bicycle Safety products here.
- It goes without saying that you should never use your mobile phone when cycling.
- Never wear headphones during a cycling journey.
- Remember not to ride on pavements unless there is a sign saying that this is permitted.
- When you’re cycling on the road, remember to keep a good distance from the kerb and stay away from parked cars.
- Observe the Highway Code at all times and stop at Traffic Lights and Stop junctions.
- Give your bike a service before the weather becomes more challenging. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for then take it in to your local bike shop for some advice. We’re always more than happy to help and willing to offer our knowledge and expertise to ensure you are cycling safely on the roads.
If you follow these guidelines you’ll be safe and you’ll be seen this Autumn. Cycle safety is of the utmost importance to us and should be to you. Do all that you can to make sure your journey is a safe one.