Riding a bike is one of the great pleasures of the world (at least we think so) but it is also one of the most challenging when we share the roads with other vehicles including cars, trucks, buses, motorbikes, trams and pedestrians.
To ensure we use the roads in a way that keeps us safe and minimises conflict with other road users we must observe the road rules. Additionally there are a number of things you can do to keep safe on the road. Here are a few suggestions:
- Know the road rules and follow them.
- Stop at red lights. When at the front of a bunch don’t lead the group through an amber light.
- Generate goodwill by showing appreciation for courteous driving.
- Make eye contact with drivers. This helps to let them know you have seen them and ensures they have seen you.
- Be predictable and always signal your intentions to other road users and vehicles.
- Regularly check behind you.
- Wear a helmet. We’re not here to argue the case for or against – the rule is you must, so make sure it fits firmly and keep it done up. If your helmet gets dented or broken in a crash or dropped heavily, replace it.
- Check your bike regularly – brakes, tyres, chain and lights.
- Make sure you can be seen – bright-coloured clothes, lights and reflectors all help.