Safety tips while Cycling

Whether it’s for work, school or pleasure, cycling has many benefits. It’s convenient, environmentally friendly and can help you keep fit.

Cycling has become more popular in recent years, especially on the back of the success of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics. With millions of people now choosing to cycle, safety is an increasingly important issue.Cycling is the third most popular recreational activity. As a form of exercise, cycling has broad appeal. Toddlers, pensioners, the able-bodied or people with disabilities can all enjoy cycling if they have the right equipment. Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it’s also a form of transport. It saves you money, gets you fit and is good for the environment.It’s a low-impact type of exercise, so it’s easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobic activities. But it still helps you get into shape. For example, someone who weighs 80kg (12st 9lb) will burn more than 650 calories with an hour’s riding, and tone their legs and bottom. If you ride up hills or off-road, you’ll also work your upper body.

Tips on cycling safely

While the benefits of cycling outweigh the risks, the following tips will help you stay safe on the road. Tips are as follows :

 

  • Look behind you before you turn, overtake or stop
  • Use arm signals before you turn right or left
  • Obey traffic lights and road signs
  • Don’t ride on the pavement unless there’s a sign that says you can

On busy or narrow roads, don’t cycle next to another person.

  • When overtaking parked cars, watch out for car doors opening suddenly and allow room to pass safely.
  • Don’t use headphones while cycling
  • Never use a mobile phone while cycling.
  • Be visible to the other road user.
  • Don’t cycle to close to the kerb.
  • Protect yourself with a helmet.
  • Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Make your intentions clear to other road users.

 

CYCLING- FUN WITH FAMILY

Cycling is a great sport that can be enjoyed at any age and at any level.  Bicycling is a popular, fun, healthy, and useful activity that people can do their entire lives. Bicycling provides low-impact exercise of variable intensity that improves health, fitness, longevity, mental focus, emotional balance, and stress levels. Cycling is a great way to spend active family time outside. Cycling with kids can be a wonderful experience, and a great opportunity for a family to spend time—and get exercise—together.

It’s the cheap way to get your kids into the fresh air and wear the blighters out. Family cycling holidays are not only a budget-friendly way of getting away together in a recession; they also deprive kids of access to screens and handheld gadgets and thoroughly wear them out, which is never a bad thing.

 

SAFETY GEAR THAT PARENT GIVES TO THEIR CHILD

For any cycling parent, riding with kids adds a new dimension to their cycling. But nobody learns to ride a bike without the odd tumble, and as children grow older and head out on the road, keeping them safe is environment.

1. Protecting kids on bike: The most obvious piece of safety kit is a cycle helmet. To do its job properly a helmet needs to be the right size for your child’s head, and it must be correctly fitted. It’s surprising how often you see children riding in loose-fitting or poorly adjusted helmets.

2. Making your child seen and heard:Safety on the road depends on being seen. At night, that means reflectors and lights, front and rear. Even during the day, lights can help a child on a bike stand out, especially in busy traffic. It helps to be heard as well as seen. A bell is a useful safety precaution, especially for riding on shared-use paths where bicycles and pedestrians mix

3. Teach them to ridewell:  A quality cycle helmet and a set of lights are all very well, but a safety kit on its own doesn’t make your child a safe bike rider. Skills and attitude are even more important. Learning to ride in a straight line, to signal safely without wobbling and reading the behavior of other road users will make your child a better cyclist. A strong example from mum or dad helps, but training from a qualified cycling instructor goes a long way towards equipping your children to enjoy their time on two wheels safely. Many schools arrange ‘Bike ability’ courses for their pupils, or you might want to consider arranging private instruction.

Learning to ride carefully but confidently will set your child on the road to a lifetime of safe cycling.