Smart Cycling

In modern world we provide smart cycling with new technology. Which gives you unique look and also offer comfort zone. Cycling, that is not only for show off but works for you as double and triple. Like relaxation of body as well as saving of money. This is the positive attitude of cycling to do distinguish work just in one time.

Whether a person can use two wheeler?
As urban cities grow huge traffic. It is not a different and amazing thing if many people start to use bicycles as their convenes. Whether a person can use it as commute and exercise also. We offer technical development in cycling  which improve cyclers riding. Due to the technical development in cycling lots of people use it not only for fun but also to do their exercise. In 2015, the numbering of cycling riders reached on its peak point.

 Velocity
Add on technology increase the speed of cycling but as the speed inflate the control gadget also developed. Which helps the rider to control over the bike.
Today , everybody in hurry , some time they across the red light also which can be proves harmful.
To reduce these type of mistake so many companies offer velocity controller gadgets. It makes your ride effective. All these bikes are in light weight, affectionate, available in different size and style for rider’s comfort level

 Moving
To enjoy the cycling just take care about shifting as how to………

  • When it seems the pedal is harder then slow down the cycle as in lower gear and move it into an easier mode.
  • When you feel relax able to pedal, then increase its speed by pedaling fast.
  • It also depends on your mood you may cycling fast or slower. To consume your time or to enjoy for long time.
  • On flat area you may ride as you want.
  • For best result always check the basic things before ride such as chain, break, pedal.
  • Use a bell, horn or voice to indicate your intention to pass
  • Warn other  in advance so you do not startle them
  • Always keep right side to passing away.

 

ABCD for cycling

Cycling is good for health. But safety is the another part of our health. Person have to learn ABCD about cycling.


What is ABCD
ABCD means the basic rules of cycling. Person have to careful about the bigning concept of cycling like …..
A stands for Air
B stands for Break
C is for chain and cranks
All these letters become aware a rider about the main things of their riding.

Air:   Before start the cycling, cycling love have to check about the ……
Proper air in the tiers.
If there is some hole then replace it,
Also use a pressure pump to full fill enough air in tiers.

Break:
It is necessary to check the break before drive any vehicle
Check out the pads of the breaks. Make sure is it rubbing the tire or not
Check pad adjustment, make sure they are not rubbing the tire.
Handle is in comfort zone to press the break or not
If not then exchange the handle cover with comfortable part

Chain
Examine the chain.
Is it easy to move on the another step or not
Pull your crank away the bike
If the crank are loose then tight the bolt

Small ride
Take a quick ride to check up about the basic things of cycle and it is work
Properly.

Helmet
Helmet is also the another part of our safety. Be sure you have wear a helmet that is proper and fully comfortable for you.
Find it in right size
The front side should be on gap of 2 inches from your nose and eyes.
Move your neck here and there to ensure the relax ability of your self .

Dressing
There is no need to wear special cloths for ride a cycle you can easily wear your routine dress as you want.
If bike has no chain guard then safe your clothes and  keep it away from chain.
Avoid to wear tight clothes during cycling because it will create problem during cycling.
In winter season rider should great care about clothing. Necessary to wear gloves, Layer and ear warmer on special season of winter.

Rainy season
In rainy season try to wear bright or dark colors and rain coat also.

Keep aware about the basic concept of cycling and enjoy your ride.

Cycling and sports

Cycling cover the fitness of every part of the body,  Even pro level training to the occasional cyclist wanting to lose some weight. Whether the person is young or old age. we’ve got the information you need to improve your riding

In summer season a person have less chance to go out side and ride for long time. Some time it called as hey fever  When person go out side and make so fun.  Specially in this season cycling work miracle as it lead a person getting more pollen through nose. which triggers and exacerbates symptoms.

Cycling imminence immune system.
Riding bicycle helps in respiration system. The more pollen breath in, is the greater the immune system. It also helps in make the stamina of a person.
In sports and fun as riding more effect full and essential thing is self esteem and confidence.
A combination of self-belief and positivity, confidence allows player to fully focus on executing their physical, psychological and perceptual skills.
It increase the spirit of companion, competition, greater efforts, and improve the strategies
Become perfect in daily race and sport activities
You can spot cyclists lacking in confidence quite easily. The energy that should be going into their
performance is instead spent fighting off anxiety, nerves and negative thoughts, which results in taking overly safe decisions; for example, finishing in the bunch rather than in a break.

Race and ride in smartest way
Work with understanding and increase your confidence will make you more robust and make you to perform in difficult situations.
Essential part for riding are

Have confidence, It makes you perfect to do every thing.
The strongest sources of confidence are mastery and preparation
Have experience by routine schedule.
Have  proper and good commodities while cycling.

Race warm up


According to some psychologists person need mastery as well as mentally and physically prepared. Person should focus on race win, and castrate on other relevant activities, are the lest reliable, for the simple things that they have to apply.  You need much eager confidence for do better in your race activity

Bicycle and its advantages

Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century and now number approximately one billion worldwide. They are the principal means of transportation in many parts of the world.
Cycling is widely regarded as a very effective and efficient mode of transportation optimal for short to moderate distances.

Bicycles provide numerous benefits in comparison with motor vehicles, including the sustained physical exercise involved in cycling, easier parking, increased maneuverability, and access to both roads, bike paths and rural trails. Cycling also offers a reduced consumption of fossils fuels air, or noise pollution, much reduced traffic congestion. These lead to less financial cost to the user as well as to society at large (negligible damage to roads, less road area required, but a many cyclists clustering at peak times create a CO2 issue when exhaling. By fitting bicycle racks on the front of buses, transit agencies can significantly increase the areas they can serve.
Skills
Many schools and police departments run educational programs to instruct children in bicycle handling skills and introduce them to the rules of the road as they apply to cyclists. In different countries these may be known as bicycle rodeos or operated as schemes such as Bike ability. Education for adult cyclists is available from organizations such as the League of American Bicyclists.
Beyond simply riding, another skill is riding efficiently and safely in traffic. One popular approach to riding in motor vehicle traffic is vehicular cycling, occupying road space as car does. Alternately, in countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands, where cycling is popular, cyclists are sometimes segregated into bike lanes at the side of, or separate from, main highways and roads. Many primary schools participate in the national road test in which children individually complete a circuit on roads near the school while being observed by testers.
Infrastructure

A parking lot for bicycles in Japan.

Bicycle stands outside the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Many students at the university opt to travel by bicycle.
Cyclists, pedestrians and motorists make different demands on road design which may lead to conflicts. Some jurisdictions give priority to motorized traffic, for example setting up one-way street systems, free-right turns, high capacity roundabouts, and slip roads. Others share priority with cyclists so as to encourage more cycling by applying varying combinations of traffic calming measures to limit the impact of motorized transport, and by building bike lanes, bike paths and cycle tracks.
In areas in which cycling is popular and encouraged, cycle-parking facilities using bicycle stands, lockable mini-garages, and patrolled cycle parks are used in order to reduce theft. Local governments promote cycling by permitting bicycles to be carried on public transport or by providing external attachment devices on public transport vehicles. Conversely, an absence of secure cycle-parking is a recurring complaint by cyclists from cities with low modal share of cycling.
Utility

A bicycle loaded with tender coconuts for sale. Karnataka, India.
Main article: Utility cycling
Utility cycling refers both to cycling as a mode of daily commuting transport as well as the use of a bicycle in a commercial activity, mainly to transport goods, mostly accomplished in an urban environment
Bicycles enjoy substantial use as general delivery vehicles in many countries. In the UK and North America, as their first jobs, generations of teenagers have worked at delivering newspapers by bicycle.

Recreational
Bicycle Touring
Main article: Bicycle touring

In the Netherlands, bicycles are freely available for use in the Hoge Veluwe National Park.

Tour de Fat group ride in Portland, Oregon
Bicycles are used for recreation at all ages. Bicycle touring, also known as cycle tourism, involves touring and exploration or sightseeing by bicycle for leisure. A brevet or redone is an organized long-distance ride.
Organized rides
Many cycling clubs hold organized rides in which bicyclists of all levels participate. The typical organized ride starts with a large group of riders, called the mass, bunch or even peloton. This will thin out over the course of the ride. Many riders choose to ride together in groups of the same skill level to take advantage of drafting.

Health effects

Woman doing casual cycling in Canada
The health effects of bicycling are a trade-off between the benefits of exercise versus the risks due to pollution, crashes, or injuries.
The health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks, when cycling is compared to a sedentary lifestyle. A Dutch study found that cycling can extend life spans by up to 14 months, but the risks equated to a reduced lifespan of 40 days or less. Overall, benefits of cycling or walking have been shown to exceed risks by ratios of 9:1 to 96:1 when compared with no exercise at all. These studies do not compare cycling with other forms of cardiovascular conditioning that do not come with cycling’s inherent risks

Exercise

Heavily equipped London cyclist: specialist cycle clothing, pollution mask, dark glasses and helmet.
The physical exercise gained from cycling is generally linked with increased health and well-being. According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is second only to tobacco smoking as a health risk in developed countries, and this is associated with many tens of billions of dollars of healthcare costs. The WHO’s report suggests that increasing physical activity is a public health ‘best buy’, and that cycling is a ‘highly suitable activity’ for this purpose. The charity Sustains reports that investment in cycling provision can give a 20:1 return from health and other benefits. It has been estimated that, on average, approximately 20 life-years are gained from the health benefits of road bicycling for every life-year lost through injury.
Bicycles are often used by people seeking to improve their fitness and cardiovascular health. In this regard, cycling is especially helpful for those with arthritis of the lower limbs who are unable to pursue sports that cause impact to the knees and other joints.

Bicycle safety

Virgin Mary venerated as the holy protector of bicyclists on the roads of the mountainous Basque Country
Cycling suffers from a perception that it is unsafe. This perception is not always backed by hard numbers, because of under reporting of accidents and lack of bicycle use data (amount of cycling, kilometers cycled) which make it hard to assess the risk and monitor changes in risks. In the UK, fatality rates per mile or kilometer are slightly less than those for walking. In the US, bicycling fatality rates are less than 2/3 of those walking the same distance

Exposure to air pollution
One concern is that riding in traffic may expose the cyclist to higher levels of air pollution, especially if he or she travels on or along busy roads. Some authors have claimed this to be untrue, showing that the pollutant and irritant count within cars is consistently higher, presumably because of limited circulation of air within the car and due to the air intake being directly in the stream of other traffic. Other authors have found small or inconsistent differences in concentrations but claim that exposure of cyclists is higher due to increased minute ventilation and is associated with minor biological changes.s The significance of the associated health effect, if any, is unclear but probably much smaller than the health impacts associated with accidents and the health benefits derived from additional physical activity

 

Basic tips for cycling

Cycling is good for health But it will prove beneficial if we use it in a sound way, with great care of each and every thing. Here we provide some conscious things before cycling.

Basic Bike Check

All ways remember the ABC of cycling

A is for Air

          All ways to remember to check the

  • Inflate tires to the pressure listed on the side of the tire
  • Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure
  • Check for damage
  • e on tired and replace if damaged

B stands for Brakes

  • Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub the tire
  • Look to see that you can fit your thumb between the brake lever handlebar when the brakes are squeezed all the way

C is for cranks and chain

  • All ways aware about the chain and cranks. Pull your cranks away from the bike – if they are loose, tighten the bolt
  • Check your that your chain is free of rust and gunk

 Quick is for quick releases

  • Make sure your quick releases are all closed. Is there anything to befall you or not.
  • They should all be pointing to the back of the bike, so that they don’t get caught on anything  

Take a quick ride to Check is for check it over

Helmet is also a necessary thing to save from some mishappening. Helmet should be

  •  Right in size to put one on your head without fastening the straps.
  • The front of the helmet should be level and two-fingers width above your eyebrows.
  • Shake your head from side to side: There should only be a little movement.

What about everyday Clothes?

  • You don’t have to wear special cycling gear in order to ride a bike, everyday clothes work just fine
  • If your bike doesn’t have a chain guard, you can keep your pants away from the chain by rolling up your pant leg or using a leg band
  • Tight, close fit keeps fabrics from rubbing your skin and causing irritation
  • Bike shorts should be worn alone or under another pair of lightweight shorts

 In Cold Weather you also have to aware

  • Wear layers
  • Also Gloves and ear warmers are particularly helpful

 In Rainy season

  • Wear bright colors and reflective gear
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

 But at Night

  • Wear bright colors and reflective gear

 We can use cycles for Long Rides because?????????

  • Jerseys help pull moisture away from your skin and have pockets on the back for food, tools, and money
  • Cycling shorts offer cushioning
  • Bike gloves help distribute pressure across your palms

 For all these things Bike should be ……………………

 Comfortable like its Frame Size

  • Frame size is important for comfort and cannot be adjusted
  • When standing over a straight tube, there should be 1″ to 2″ between you and the frame for a  road bike and 3″ to 4″ on a mountain/hybrid
  • On a step-through bike, your leg should be slightly bent when the pedal is pushed down all the way
  • Your local bike shop can help you fit a frame

 Also should aware about Seat Height

  • While seated, you should have a slight bend in your knee when the pedal is pushed sown all the way
  • Beginners may want their seat a bit lower for comfort and security

 Seat Angle

  • The seat should be tilted no more than five degrees up or down

 Seat Design

  • Seats come in gender specific as well as comfort and performance models
  • If you hurt after you and your bike shop adjust it a few times, try a new one
  • Explore your choices; your seat should not hurt you or cause numbness

Handlebars

  • Handlebar setup is a personal preference; higher for comfort, lower for performance

If all these things are in our awareness then we can enjoy the ride of cycle in well way.

Why cycling is essential?

Quite possibly, a million good reasons to ride a bicycle exist

Keep fit

Cycling is one of the best kinds of exercise for keeping fit. It always raises your heart rate, and you can vary how much your heart works simply by how fast you go or the kind of cycling you do. After you’ve been riding for a while, you find you can do certain things more easily — maybe ride over a hill or chase after someone on a road bike. You’re less out of breath and don’t feel so exhausted after such activities. This change comes about because your heart becomes stronger, delivering more oxygen-filled blood with each beat (or pump), and your muscles have grown, too, and can now do more work.

Being fit gives you feelings of both mental and physical confidence: it makes you feel good. When you get fit, you can feel proud of the efforts you’ve made and the level of fitness you’ve achieved, you feel more in control and your body is able to relax more when you’re resting. You keep feeling better all the time — and all you have to do to get this feeling is ride your bicycle.

Become an environmental crusader

Car travel accounts for nearly 60 per cent of all the greenhouse gas emissions by transport, a figure that could easily be reduced. A whopping 70 per cent of all the journeys people make are under five miles (eight kilometres), and well over half these journeys are made by car. Almost all of them could be replaced by a bike ride that would take 20 minutes or less.with many more cases of unnecessary and unpleasant diseases. That makes traffic pollution more than twice as deadly as traffic accidents. People in built-up areas bear the brunt of this.

Air pollution also has a huge effect on plant life everywhere. Pollution damages the cell structure of leaves, restricts photosynthesis (where plants use the power of light to help them ‘breathe’) and harms crops.

Keep a car off the roads

One Less Car. If ever you see a sticker with this slogan on a bike, don’t assume the rider is a bicycle fanatic with a loathing for motor vehicles. Of course, one or two people like that might exist, but One Less Car is a very positive expression of concern for our social, economic and physical environment.

The earlier ‘Save money’ section covers the financial benefits to you personally of having one less car. But more than just individual wallets and purses benefit from such a decision. The cost of road infrastructure has escalated enormously over the last decades. Governments regularly deliver road cost estimates that come in at billions of pounds. To keep motor vehicles moving that little bit faster, decisions are being made on your behalf to direct massive amounts of the public budget into the hands of developers and road builders.

Park with ease

People who drive to work or the shops often complain about the difficulty of finding somewhere to leave their cars all day. One of the wonderful things about travelling by bicycle is the very direct way you arrive — if you’re going somewhere, that’s where you go. You don’t have to divert at the last minute and burrow your way into one of the ugliest of human environments — a car park. And you very rarely have to pay for your spot.

Save money

The price of fuel is going up and up. During the recent global financial crisis, oil prices reached record highs. And the government is slowly but surely increasing duty on fuel to encourage the use of more efficient vehicles (and to raise lots of tax). Unpredictable — and not so unpredictable — events can have a terrible effect on your personal finances if you rely too much on fuel.

Saving money now by using your bicycle instead of your car whenever you can is a great idea. If you start to replace several car trips a week with bike rides, it won’t be long before your fuel bills are down £20 or more. And if you’ve got a reasonable distance to get to work, you’ll see even greater savings when you start your bicycle commuting.

Be cool

Madonna does it with her bodyguard. Surprisingly, Johnny Depp does it in quite an old-fashioned way. Angelina Jolie does it with pouting lips. Bob Dylan still does it, even though he’s getting quite old. These guys are pretty cool anyway, but they’re even cooler when they get on their bicycles and pedal. They’ve all been hooked by the allure of cycle-chic.

When you ride your bicycle, it doesn’t matter whether you’re going faster or slower than anyone else. It doesn’t even matter what you’re wearing. Riding a bike just has something that sets you apart, above and beyond. It gives you a style that’s hard to define, and it inspires admiration and respect. It’s the ‘awesome’ factor, and it lies in your lap when you slip into the saddle.

Get places more quickly

On a clear road, a car can usually go at higher speeds than a bicycle, but it only takes a junction or two and light traffic congestion for bikes to start getting ahead. Cars may go faster, but they often don’t get there quicker. Cyclists can make their way to the front at red lights, and when motor traffic seizes up, bikes keep going.

As it is a great thought of a wise man “Slow and steady wins the race”

Everyone can enjoy with cycling without any stress of budget and also approachable. With much consumption a person can achieve a lot.

Ride a bike and get happiness

You already know cycling is great for your physical fitness. But did you know it also has profound effects on your brain? We did some digging and chatted with experts to find out exactly how.

Staves Off Depression
“Clearly exercise is beneficial for mental health, and the area that we have the strongest evidence in is depression,” explains Brandon Alderman, Ph.D., an assistant professor of exercise psychophysiology at Rutgers University. A recent study at the University of Bern suggests that physical activity leads to nearly the same neurophysiologic changes as antidepressants.

Calms Your Mind
“Over the past two years, we’ve been conducting a large study looking at aerobic exercise and meditation,” Alderman says. Test subjects in the study did a combo of meditation and exercise, in the form of spinning on a stationary bike followed by a short meditation session. Then Alderman and his team analyzed the effects on their mental well-being.

The outcome was exactly what he expected: Subjects moved from clinical to nonclinical levels of depression. “That’s huge,” Alderman says, ”and it happened in just eight weeks.”

 

Boosts Brainpower
Think about a typical ride and everything that goes through your head, consciously or unconsciously: how to negotiate that gravelly corner, bunny hop that log, or navigate your way home on unfamiliar roads. It’s like doing Sudoku, but at warp speed—which is great for keeping your brain healthy.

So how does that make you smarter? Simple. Using your brain in these different ways while riding, Alderman explains, “results in increased cognitive control, and stimulates the parts [of the brain] that regulate executive function, decision making, things like that.”

This isn’t a new idea, by any stretch: work done by Charles Hillman at the University of Illinois in 2007 showed that exercise boosts brainpower and helps to stave off Alzheimer’s in older people, while parallel work being done at the University of Georgia by Phil Tomporowski showed that kids are even more positively impacted—and that exercise can help control issues like ADD.

Makes You Friendlier
“One key aspect for brain health is that you need to have a social life,” Alderman says. “You need to socialize with other people. I think when people are depressed, they don’t get out, they don’t do anything. It impacts their confidence and self-esteem. And if you exercise, you get out, and you have an opportunity to interact with other people, especially if they exercise outside.”

Commit to a Better You
Ready to make some lasting changes? Start small with something like a ride streak—simply put, the act of getting after it every day, no matter what.

How to ride on icy roads

 

  • Pick your road carefully – stick to those that have been treated
  • Be wary of exposed sections of road – the wind chill can create extra ice
  • Go around icy patches if you have time and it’s safe to do so
  • if you can’t avoid the ice, don’t make any sudden moves – try to ride it out

Lingering frost or black ice can catch anyone unawares, especially given that crisp winter days and blue skies are so inviting for a bracing ride. Stunning cloudless days go hand in hand with sub-zero nights. And when the sun does come up it stays low in the sky and relatively weak, with long shadows.

One of the biggest causes of black ice is when a big freeze follows a partial thaw, so that rain water or melt water is frozen before it can drain off the road completely, leaving a thin layer of transparent ice.

If you’re riding in these conditions, pick your road carefully and stick to those that have been treated. Of course, the downside to this is that many councils put a water dispersal agent down with the salt, and after a few days this too can be slippy.

Shadier sections of road will be the last to thaw out

Be particularly wary of the more exposed sections of road, such as where there are no hedges – the wind chill will have further cooled the tarmac there – and always keep your eyes on the road ahead so you’re prepared for icy hazards, going round them if you have time and it’s safe to do so.

If you’re about to hit ice then don’t do anything sudden – don’t turn the bar too fast or far or lean the bike, and don’t brake hard or suddenly. Of course, if you hit black ice on a downhill corner, all you can do is hope for a soft landing…

Riding a bike & Well being.

Cycling is the best way to stay healthy .Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means your Heart, lungs, blood vessels all get are worked out. You will breathe deeper, perspireand increased body temperature which will help to improve your overall fitness level.

Benefits of cycling
Bicycle have the potential to play a significant role in providing the daily exercise required to prove the health and fitness of everyone. Unlike most creational activities, cycling is more simple and enjoyable time pass that build fitness. Bicycling can become a part of everyday life and can offer a practical alternative to mainstream modes of transport.

Easiest way to exercise
Everyone can ride almost anywhere ,at any time and without spending a fortune. Many people use it in ground during sports with their high skills. Once a person know the technique of cycling, he / she never forget it. Many people use it for their exercise because it is low in cost than any other gadget of exercise and also proves beneficial for every age person.

Cycling increase muscle and body tone
It build strength and muscle tone. It is great for the mobility of hip and knee joints. Due to regular cycling , you can see an Improvement in the muscle tone of legs, thighs, rear end and hips.

Cycling build stamina and eats up calories


Cycling is a good way to lose those unwanted pounds. Cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour. It also boost your metabolic rate long after you have finished your ride. It is a good way to increase stamina.

Cycling improve heart health and reduce stress
It helps to improve cardio-vascular fitness. According to the British Medical Association cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.It reduce stress and depression ,give freshness and charmingness to mind. Cycling outdoors is also good way to be one with nature.

Mental Effects of Cycling
It’s no secret that cycling makes you fitter. It also sharpens your thinking and melts away stress.

Positive spin
Plenty of science backs the idea that a good ride can also have emotional benefits. Cycling can elevate your mood, relieve anxiety, increase stress resistance, and even banish the blues. The sweet spot for sharpening mental acuity right after exercise is about 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic riding at roughly 75 percent of your maximum heart rate.

Dining &Entertainment
Bicycles are the perfect mode of transport for a night out of the town. when you are on bike, you never have a problem finding a parking spot and since your bike is locked up or not. It is a easiest way to pass out in less space.

Shopping
Shopping by bicycle is a pleasant experience compared to shopping by car. Bicycles are seldom affected by congestion or traffic. Just add a basket or panniers to your bicycle and go to market. You will be amazed when you look you load up how much with little effort.

Personal Finances
Cycling is a good way of transport and saving money on transport costs. It can carry you thousands of kilometers just in low amount of its cost price. In contrast the cost of running a car, you can purchase a bicycling on its one or two time petrol cost.

Road safety for cyclists

If you follow some simple road safety advice the roads don’t have to be a dangerous place to cycle.

Many people say they are put off cycling because they don’t like the idea of cycling in traffic, but many cyclists use busy roads every day without any problems. That’s because they cycle safely and make sure drivers know they’re there. Once you know the basics of road cycling, you can start to enjoy these journeys.

Tips for cycling on roads

1.  Cycling safely

  • 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 and it will take you longer to stop;
  • Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb;
  • Consider wearing a helmet;
  • Keep your bike roadworthy.

2.  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;
  • Use your bell – not all pedestrians can see you.

3.  Be aware of vehicles

Many collisions occur when a cyclist is on the inside of a vehicle which is turning left. Don’t assume the vehicle is going straight ahead just because it isn’t signalling left. Always avoid ‘undertaking’ any vehicle in this situation – it’s better to hang back until the vehicle has moved off.

Never cycle along the inside of large vehicles, such as lorries and buses, especially at junctions, where most accidents happen.

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 to be as the gap quickly disappears when the lorry swings around to the left.

Tips for motorists

To make roads as safe as they can be, motorists need to be aware of cyclists too:

  • When turning left watch for cyclists coming up on your near side and don’t cut them up;
  • Give cyclists a wide berth when overtaking;
  • At night, dip your headlights when approaching cyclists;
  • In wet weather, allow cyclists extra room as surfaces may be slippery.

Remember, cyclists and motorists are equally entitled to use and share the same road space. Respecting all road users helps everyone to benefit from travelling by road.