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Cycling Safety

Here is some useful advice on keeping safe when cycling on The National Byway®.

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Cycling Safety

  • Always wear a cycling helmet and dress to be seen.
  • Always follow the Highway Code, obey the rules of the road, never jump red lights and don’t cycle on the pavement unless it’s a designated cycle path.
  • Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb;
  • Your bike should be roadworthy at all times and, you should check the condition of your brakes before starting out on any journey. Make sure your lights are in good working order and that your reflectors and lights are clean.
  • The National Byway® roads can be quiet – but still approach every bend with caution, and KEEP LEFT. Ride positively, decisively and clear of kerbs. Slow down if you can’t see right through the corner. In wet weather watch your speed as surfaces may be slippery and it will take you longer to stop. Many country roads are covered with loose grit, where it is easy to lose control, especially in corners.
  • Be aware of vehicles and your surroundings. Always avoid ‘undertaking’ any vehicle, particularly large vehicles, such as tractors, lorries and buses, especially at junctions.
  • When riding, allow any following traffic to pass you at suitable points.
  • Importantly, know your limits and do not ride beyond your capability.
  • Ensure you carry enough kit, on your journey, to help you deal with changeable weather conditions.