Are you ready for World Bicycle Day?

1 Jun 2018

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is asking everyone to share the road for World Bicycle Day.

Simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally sustainable means of transportation’ that’s how the United Nations describes the bicycle, and to recognise its role, not just as a mode of transport but also of access to education, health and sport, the United Nations has declared the 3rd of June to be International World Bicycle Day.

The council’s road safety team wants to ensure all road users are kept safe when out on the road and believe one of the best ways to ensure this is to ask everyone to look out for one another and to share the road space. They’ve also put together some simple road safety tips for both drivers and cyclists.

Tips for drivers:

  • Look out for cyclists, especially when turning - make eye contact if possible so they know you’ve seen them.
  • Use your indicators - signal your intentions so that cyclists can react.
  • Give cyclists plenty of space when over taking them, leaving as much room as you would give a car. If there isn’t sufficient space to pass, hold back.
  • Always check for cyclists when you open your car door.

Tips for cyclists:

  • Check your bike to fit for the road by doing a quick ABC check:
    • A is for air: check your tyres are in good condition
    • B is for brakes/bolts: check your brakes work and all the bolts are tight
    • C is for chain/controls: check the chain and gears are all working properly
  • Follow the Highway Code (if you haven’t cycled for a while it maybe be worth a quick brush up on the rules).
  • Ride positively, decisively, and signal your intentions to other road users.
  • Be aware of your environment and avoid using headphones or mobile phones while cycling.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles and never pull up alongside a lorry or bus at a junction.
  • Do use a helmet. It’s not mandatory and it won’t help you avoid a collision, but in the event of a collision it will improve the chances of your injury being less serious.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: ‘Somerset is a fantastic place to cycle around, so I would hope that everyone will follow the simple, common-sense tips from the council’s road safety team and help make the roads of the county a safer place for everyone to enjoy.’

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