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Tips for safe cycling #7: road position

On May 1, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With 2 Comments

Much of riding safely on the roads is about positioning. Taking a safe, sensible position can avoid those tricky scenarios which can quickly become dangerous interactions. Don’t hug the kerb Many cyclists ride close to the kerb, either to stay out of the way, or because that’s where the cycle lane…

Tips for safe cycling #6: brakes

On April 13, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With No Comments

It might sound obvious, but having proper control of your brakes is essential for safe cycling. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your brakes.* Use both brakes It’s best to always use both brakes, gently, at the same time. If the front…

Tips for safe cycling #5: See and Be Seen

On December 27, 2017, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With 1 Comment

If you are still cycling in the depth of winter, good for you. Not only is it cold and wet, but your journey to and from work will probably be made in the dark. Lights are a legal requirement (red for rear and white for front*). Always carry spare batteries,…

The war on the roads

On September 21, 2017, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety, With No Comments

‘Should reckless cyclists face the same consequences as dangerous drivers?’ asks Good Morning Britain on Twitter. The cycling community sighs collectively. Each time someone is killed on a bike or by a bike, it’s headline news. It perpetuates the perception that cycling is dangerous; it justifies people’s hatred of cyclists….

Another reason to Go Dutch

On September 13, 2017, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety, With No Comments

In the Netherlands, drivers are taught to open the car door with their far hand. It’s an indication of how bicycle-centric their culture is; by performing the ‘Dutch reach’ the driver is forced to turn their head and body, so can see if a cyclist is about to pass, therefore…

Stop killing cyclists

On May 31, 2017, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety, With No Comments

Yet another cyclist has been killed on London’s roads. On the morning of 22nd May, a man in his 50s was involved in a collision with a lorry, suffering fatal injuries. The news of this latest tragedy upset and angered me more than usual. I have just returned from a…

Tips for safe cycling #4: Lorries

On March 27, 2017, Posted by , In Road Safety,safety tips, With No Comments

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), buses, trucks and coaches make up the smallest proportion of traffic on UK roads, yet are involved in the highest proportion of fatal collisions with cyclists. It’s a scary statistic, and one that is being addressed through safer lorry design and advanced training for drivers, as…

A comment on cycling infrastructure

On March 21, 2017, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety, With 7 Comments

Confession: I whacked a car window today. It was the conclusion of a conversation with a driver that had grown more and more heated as we both tried to make our voices heard, a conversation that had no end other than anger. She yelled expletives; I used my fist. Her…

Basic Bike Check

On December 30, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety, With No Comments

New bicycle for Christmas? Here is a simple check that will help keep it road worthy.   A – air B – brakes C – chain D – direction E – everything else     Air. Pump tyres to the correct pressure – it is written on the side of…

Tips for safe cycling #3: Hazardous surfaces

On July 13, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With No Comments

For the second time in two weeks, I’ve fallen off my bike. This isn’t a great score for someone who teaches people to ride bikes for a living, but perhaps it’s for a reason; just call me Anna ‘I Have Accidents So You Don’t Have To’ Hughes. The first fall…

Tips for safe cycling #2: Taking the lane

On May 13, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With No Comments

According to Transport for London (TfL), 77% of accidents happen at junctions. It’s understandable why this can be a hotspot for collision: there are two or more directions of traffic, visibility can be reduced, and confusion is common. For cyclists, the statistics are more scary: junctions are where most fatalities…

Tips for safe cycling #1: Door Zone

On March 3, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With No Comments

When I was 18 I moved to Manchester to start a music degree at Manchester University. To get from my student house to campus I had to cycle up Wilmslow Road through Rusholme – the Curry Mile – a busy route shared with vans unloading at the kerb side, buses,…

The Great Helmet Debate

On October 30, 2014, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety, With No Comments

As a cycling instructor, I am frequently asked about helmet use. Many of the comments I hear from frustrated road users conclude with, “and they’re not even wear a helmet!” It seems that most drivers would prefer it if cyclists wore helmets – those who don’t are deemed irresponsible. It’s…