road safety advice for cyclists

20 Important Road Safety Advice for Cyclists

Cycling has become more popular in recent years, especially on the back of the success of Sports Olympics. Like drivers, a cyclist is a person that rides a bicycle, motorcycle, or tricycle. This article focuses on important safety tips or road safety advice for cyclists.

Whether it’s for work, school or pleasure, cycling can help you keep fit and keep to time against heavy city traffics. It’s convenient, economical, and environmentally friendly.

With millions of people now choosing to cycle, safety is an increasingly important issue. The is because Cyclists are more exposed, less stable, small in size and more likely to involved in a road crash than Motorists.

In our previous post, we discussed about the 20 Road Safety Tips for all Drivers. Cyclists are also expected to obey virtually the same traffic rules and regulations as drivers. Kindly take the time and read through that safety guide also.

No, below is the 20 most important road safety advice for cyclists. Following these precautions will help you stay safe on the road; while ridding your motorcycle, tricycle, power bike or bicycle.


20 Most Important Road Safety Advice for Cyclists

  1. Be visible to other road users and pedestrians by wearing bright, fluorescent or reflective clothing – especially at dark.
  2. Always protect yourself with a helmet – this reduces your risk of head injury in a case of accident.
  3. Avoid cycling with headphones or devices that could potentially distract you and reduce your awareness of other road users.
  4. Before you ride, ensure the bike is in good working condition.
  5. While on the road, don’t move too close to the vehicle before you.
  6. Give yourself space on the right, and don’t cycle between two vehicles.
  7. Make eye contact with Drivers and other road users; let them know you’ve seen them.
  8. Show Drivers what you plan to do in plenty of time and when it’s safe to do so.
  9. Looking over your shoulder while indicating with one hand can also be a useful practice – if you have mastered the Hand Signals.
  10. Always look and signal before you start, stop, turn, or before you make a manoeuvre.
  11. Don’t weave in and out of traffic or change direction suddenly without signaling.
  12. When overtaking parked cars – watch out for car doors opening suddenly, and allow room to pass safely.
  13. Obey the traffic lights, including lights at pedestrian crossings; always check for the signs.
  14. It’s against the law to ride through roads, streets or on pavements that cycling is not allowed.
  15. Do not exceed legal speed limits on a particular state roads or federal highways.
  16. Do not drive against the traffic; this may lead to collision with pedestrians and oncoming vehicles.
  17. Use your bell or horn to inform other road users of your presence, and not to ask them to move faster.
  18. Fit your motorcycle or bicycle bell, horn or side mirror if your bike is not fitted with one.
  19. Give pedestrians priority at all times
  20. Do not overrun Red Light; ride safely always!


Wrapping up: 20 Important Road Safety Advice for Cyclists

This is our list of 20 Most Important Road Safety Advice for Cyclists. We hope you will behave professionally as a rider after reading this post? You can contact us to request a free information pack and downloadable resources.

As a learner rider or power bike driver, always know what to do in case of emergency. Remember to wear your helmet and protective jacket.

The AB Drives Bikeability Scheme is our riders driving training program designed to help people learn, pass and ride safely and confidently on today’s busy roads.

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