South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
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  • Cycling

    More and more people are cycling for a whole range of reasons, from a cheap way to travel to work, to be more environmentally friendly, an enjoyable way to keep active and healthy, to something you can do as a whole family. Whatever the reason for getting on your bike make sure that you keep yourself safe. As a cyclist there are a number of tips that you can follow on the road:- 

    • Ensure your bike is roadworthy and keep it properly maintained. See the Highway Code appendix You and your bicycle for further advice.
    • Ride proactively and use signals to ensure other road users can clearly see you and are sure of your intentions.
    • Be aware of other vehicles blind-spots, take extra care when approaching traffic, parked cars, junctions, traffic lights, etc. 
    • Be aware of what’s happening behind you, as well as in front and to both sides.
    • Consider wearing bright, fluorescent and reflective clothing to improve your visibility, especially in poor weather and light conditions.  Reflective strips or piping on your clothing will illuminate in light if riding on a dark morning or evening. 
    • Take care around parked cars for doors opening or pedestrians stepping out from between them
    • At night your bike must have white front and red rear lights lit, and must be fitted with a red rear reflector.  A white front and spoke reflectors would help you to be seen.
    • Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.
    • Wear a suitable helmet which fits correctly and conforms to current regulations.
    • You must obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
    • Use appropriate speed, specifically in slow moving traffic around junctions.
    • You must not ride when under the influence of drink or drugs, including certain medicines.
    • Do not undertake long vehicles, especially on the approach to junctions or roundabouts.
    • Don’t jump red lights, it’s illegal and puts you in danger.


    See also Sharing the road - tips for cyclists.

  • Sharing the road - tips for cyclists 

    Make eye contact

    Always try to make eye contact with other road users to make sure you have been seen. Keep an eye on the wheels of the vehicle to help you spot when the vehicle is starting to move.

    Look around you

    Check what is happening around you at all times. Look well ahead for obstructions in the road, such as drains, potholes and parked vehicles, so that you do not have to swerve suddenly to avoid them. Check behind you.


    Make sure you can hear the traffic around you, don’t use headphones. Some large vehicles have warnings to tell you they are turning left.

    Don’t be floored by doors

    Leave plenty of room (1.5m) when passing parked vehicles. Always watch out for doors being opened into your path.

    Ride on the road, not in the gutter!

    Ride at least 0.75m away from the kerb.

    It’s safer to ride in the middle of your traffic lane (the primary position) if there’s not enough room for a car to overtake you. Make your intentions clear.

    Signal well in advance, and only manoeuvre when it’s safe to do so. Stop signalling when you make your turn.

    Stay back

    If you need to overtake a large vehicle in a stationary queue, only do so on the righthand side and when it is clear the vehicle won’t suddenly begin to move. Only overtake when there is no oncoming traffic and move ahead of the vehicle and ensure you are visible to the driver.

    Large vehicles tend to move to the right before swinging into a left turn. Do not ride along their left side.

    Avoid blind spots

    Lorries have blind spots in front of the cab, on both sides and behind the vehicle. Be aware of these and don’t ride or stop anywhere where the driver may not be able to see you.

    Lights and being seen

    By law, when it is dark or there is bad visibility you must have lights on the front and rear of your bike. Always carry spare small lights or batteries and make sure you wear hi-visibility or contrasting coloured clothing. Remember: fluorescent by day and reflective at night.

    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. Visit for information on free courses throughout South Yorkshire.


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