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:-

Cycle training

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  travelplans@barnsley.gov.uk

Doncaster Council - Tel: 01302 736000

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council - Tel: 01709 822969
 
Short clip of the type of advice on the DVD:-
 

 Useful Links:-

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

 Contact Details

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 saferroads@southyorks.pnn.police.uk or telephone 01709 832455 and ask for the Safer Roads Office.

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