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Cycling for Work

Driving Tips

Same road, same rules – let’s share our roads and make them safer. Cycling is a great way to get about; it’s great for the environment too!

The Facts

  • The number of people choosing to cycle for fun, for fitness or just to get to work has increased by more than a quarter in twenty years. An incredible 3.2 billion miles are cycled on our roads every year [1]
  • In the UK, 4% of the population cycle every day, or nearly every day (about 2 million people of 18+ years) [2]
  • In 2015, over 3,300 cyclists in Britain were killed or serious injured (KSI) in total, of which more than 500 KSI were commuting to work and nearly 180 KSI while at work [3]. Recently published 2017 statistics indicate just under 3,800 cyclists KSI.

The Advice

Cycling Safety
  • Follow the Highway Code – don’t jump red lights and don’t cycle on the pavement unless it’s a designated cycle path
  • In wet weather, watch your speed as surfaces may be slippery
  • Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb
  • Wear a helmet and keep your bike roadworthy
Make sure motorists can see you
  • Ride in a position where you can see and be seen
  • Use lights and consider wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially in towns, at night and in bad weather
  • Make eye contact with other road users, especially at junctions, then you know they’ve seen you
  • Signal clearly at all times and use your bell, where necessary
Vehicle awareness
  • Never cycle along the inside of large vehicles, such as lorries and buses,especially at junctions, where many collisions happen. Don’t assume the vehicle is going straight ahead just because it isn’t signalling left
  • When turning left, a lorry will often pull out to the right first, creating a wide gap between the vehicle and the kerb. Many cyclists think it’s safe to ride into this space, but this is a dangerous place as the gap quickly disappears when the lorry swings around to the left
  • Drivers of large vehicles have restricted visibility around their vehicle, especially within a couple of metres of the front and sides of the cab. If you can’t see the driver or their mirrors, they can’t see you!
Sources [1] Think! http://think.direct.gov.uk/cycling.html [2] The British Social Attitudes (ATT 0305) survey [3] DfT Statistics and Road Safety Analysis – October 2016
 

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