New to cycling?
Make sure your bike fits you properly, that you can control it comfortably and it is roadworthy. Get your bike assessed by a local bike shop if you are unsure how to do a full check.
Tips to help you stay safe
- Be Safe Be Seen. When cycling in the dark, make sure you have two lights on your bike, a red one on the back and a white one on the front. Download our Be Safe Be Seen poster in the Materials section of our website for more information. Find out where you can get discounts on cycle lights and other accessories.
- Reflectors are important so make sure they are fitted to the back of your bike, your pedals and spokes for extra visibility, especially when cycling in the dark.
- Dress to be seen so wear reflective high viz clothing.
- Get geared up. If you’re cycling during the colder, wetter months, wear gloves and water proofs to make your ride more comfortable.
- Ride about one metre out into the road, not in the gutter. This avoids drains and grit, makes you more visible and prevents cars passing where there is not enough room.
- Signal in plenty of time and avoid hesitant or sudden manoeuvres.
- Always obey traffic regulations they are there to keep yourself and other road users safe. See the cycling section in the Highway Code for more information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82.
- Keep looking and listening. Look out for pedestrians crossing, cars pulling out, car doors beginning to open and hazards in the road surface.
- Make eye contact with other road users to make sure you’ve been seen.
- Stay behind large vehicles. Never ride up the inside of any large vehicle as you cannot be seen.
- Don’t be floored by doors. Leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles.
- Use your bell to warn pedestrians in good time of your approach.
- Give way to pedestrians on a shared cycling and walking path. Remember that pedestrians will not always hear you approaching.
- Be prepared. Carry a puncture repair kit and tools with you.
- Plan safe cycle routes. Planning quieter routs can help you reduce your risk of having an accident.
Training can improve your confidence when cycling on the roads and can help you to position yourself correctly on the road and around other vehicles. Even if you’ve cycled for a long time, a one off lesson can help you improve your skills.
Outspoken Cycle training is offering subsidised cycle training lessons at £10 per lesson instead of £50. To find out more visit www.outspokentraining.co.uk, call 01223 473820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"I’ve been cycling in Cambridge for about 8 years but I have always lacked confidence at big roundabouts,traffic lights and in turning right at junctions, usually choosing to get off my bike and walk. Having now done this training, I can navigate those junctions, and I feel much more comfortable around busy traffic. It made me realise that, before the training, I never saw myself as a valid road user on a bike, whereas now I do!" Emily Dunning, Estate Management