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Tips for safe cycling #8: filtering (and safe use of the ASL)

On August 29, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With No Comments

It’s one of the joys of cycling that bicycles don’t have to wait in a queue; if traffic is stationary or slow-moving, you as a cyclist are perfectly entitled to move past. Getting to the front of the queue can be advantageous: you get a head-start when the lights change,…

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,…

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…

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,…