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.