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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.

If you're not sure how to check your bike is safe to ride, follow these steps online to carry out a quick M check.  

Free cycle training 

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 Training offer free 1:1 sessions of 2 hours for both staff and students, which can be started at a whole range of destinations around the city. The sessions are aimed at all types of cyclists, from those just starting out and hopping on a bike for the first time, through to experienced riders who might be new to the city. There is also bespoke training for cargo bike riders, those with adaptive bikes or electric bikes, and riders wanting specialist advice on riding with a child sitting in their child seat. Book your session online

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
  • 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.