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:-
- Be aware of other vehicles blind-spots, take extra care when approaching traffic, parked cars, junctions, traffic lights, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- Always wear a suitable helmet which fits correctly and conforms to current regulations.
- You must obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
- Ride proactively and use signals to ensure other road users can clearly see you and are sure of your intentions.
- 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.
- Be aware of what’s happening behind you, as well as in front and to both sides.
- Don’t jump red lights, it’s illegal and puts you in danger.
- Take care around parked cars for doors opening or pedestrians stepping out from between them.
If you would like to take up cycling but feel you need a bit of training, maybe update your skills, or simply need to build-up your confidence, then free help and advice is out there for all ages. Working together with the other authorities the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership offer a series of FREE cycle safety training sessions which are held across the county. For details of training in your area please contact your local authority for further details:-
In addition FREE cycle training is available for children across South Yorkshire as part of the Bikeability scheme through primary schools.
Free training is also available if you would like to take part as a family or group of friends.
Cycle to Work Scheme
To promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution, the 1999 Finance Act introduced an annual tax exemption, which allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. Full government details at Cycle to Work and further practical advice about the scheme at BikeRader. The scheme is aimed at encouraging employee's to cycle to work with the option at the end of a set period to purchase the bike from your employer at a reduced fee.
Free help and advice if you would like to cycle to work in Sheffield - Cycleboost
Loan schemes are also available to 'try before you buy' and see if cycling is for you, including some of the new electric assisted bikes.
FREE - Urban Cycling Guide DVD
The ‘Urban Cycling Guide ‘ DVD produced by Road Safety GB provides simple but helpful tips on road positioning, awareness of other roads users and simple route planning for busy journeys. It also provides advice on safety clothing and staying visible to other road users. Free copies of the DVD can be obtained at various South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership events, by calling at your local main council building, or contacting your local Road Safety team:-
Sheffield City Council - Tel: 0114 2736165
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council - Contact Suzi Smith on 01226 772168 or email email@example.com
Doncaster Council - Tel: 01302 736000
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - Sharing the Road
Reporting Pot Holes/Debris & Spillages, (including mud and farm/work site materials) -
Sheffield Council - Online Streets Ahead or or o
Rotherham Council - Online Street Pride
Barnsley Council - Online Road Maintenance
Doncaster Council - Online Transport, Streets & Parking
Major Roads - Reporting Road Obstructions
For further information on the Safer Roads Partnership and any of its campaigns or initiatives, or if you have any queries, then please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01709 832455 and ask for the Safer Roads Office.