South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  • 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.