How to Stay Safe on a Bike
Whether you choose to ride a bike on the roads or elsewhere, it is really important that you remain as safe as possible at all times. Although travelling around on a mountain bike is great fun, there is also a very dark side to this activity. Without taking the necessary precautions, you could easily end up injuring yourself. Find out how you can stay safe on a bike in this useful guide.
Start by ensuring you have the correct gear for maximum safety on a mountain bike or any sort of cycle. You must be able to move freely without the risk of anything becoming caught up in the chain or wheels of a bike.
- Wear light coloured or fluorescent clothes to ensure you can be seen at all times of the day and night
- Wear reflective accessories such as high-vis arm/ankle bands
Wearing protective headgear in the form of a helmet is invaluable in terms of your safety. Your helmet should:
- Meet the British Standard (BS EN 1078:1997)
- Have a snug fit and be positioned on your head squarely
- Sit above your eyebrows without any tilt
- Be fastened by untwisted straps with room for 2 fingers between the chin and strap
When riding a bike at night you must fit a:
- Front white light
- Rear red light
- Rear red reflector
- Yellow/amber pedal reflectors front and rear
When cycling on the road, you must remain alert. This means avoiding listening to music or using your phone. Always anticipate what motorists are likely to do.
- Ride confidently and decisively
- Look and signal when turning
- Ride 1 metre away from the curb
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