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Good Cycling Code

Whatever route you are on, be sure to follow this good cycling code:

Safe cycling:

  • Wear a helmet that fits snugly. Ask for fitting advice when you purchase a new helmet and always replace your helmet after a knock as the impact could weaken the helmet.
  • Check your bike is in good working order before you ride.
  • Cycling alone.
    Although incidents of personal attacks are very rare, if you are cycling on your own, take the following precautions:
    • Plan your route so that you don’t look lost
    • Carry a mobile phone and personal attack alarm with you
    • Stick to busy, well-lit places.

At night:

  • You will need a set of lights; this is the law. You will need a white light for the front and a red light for the rear.
    Check they work before you set off each time and wipe the lenses clean to ensure they are as bright as they can be.
  • Wear reflective (Hi-Viz) clothing or strips and light clothing to make sure you can be seen in the dark.
  • Bike reflectors - it is illegal to cycle on the road during the period from sunset to sunrise without a back red reflector on your bike. It is also a requirement to have amber reflectors on the pedals.
    Make sure that reflectors are clean so that other road users can see you.

We strongly recommend that you use white reflectors on both wheels (white and amber reflectors should come as standard on any bike bought after 1985).

  • If you use a dynamo light remember that if you stop the light stops too! A couple of small lights to compliment the dynamo will ensure that you are seen at traffic lights or when you are stationary.
  • Hazards - at night, animals, pedestrians dressed in black, and cyclists heading in the wrong direction with no lights might surprise you in the dark. Look for them carefully, and give them wide berth when you see them. Also remember that it's harder to see potholes in the dark!

On all routes:

  • Please be courteous.
  • Always cycle with respect for others using the route and thank those who give way to you.

On Shared-use Paths:

  • Give way to pedestrians, wheelchair users and horse riders leaving them plenty of room.
  • Fit a bell and use it so that people know you are there – don’t surprise people.

When cycling on roads:

  • Always follow the Highway Code.
  • Do not cycle on pavements except where designated.
  • Use your bell to make your presence known.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen

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