Get in gear for cycle to work day

8 Aug 2018

Road users in Somerset are being encouraged to stay safe on Cycle to Work Day. The UK’s biggest cycle commuting event takes place on 15 August, aiming to promote the benefits of cycling to work instead of commuting by car.

Cycling is a great way to get fit and help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. It’s also been proven to reduce stress, help reduce congestion and is a cheaper mode of transport than driving.

The road safety team has put together a few tips to ensure everyone using the road on Cycle to Work day, and every other day, has a safe journey.

Tips for those planning on cycling to work:                                                    

  • Check the bike is fit for the road by doing a quick ABC check
    • A is for air: check the tyres are in good condition
    • B is for brakes/bolts: check the 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.
  • Ride positively, decisively, and signal intentions to other road users.
  • Be aware of your environment and avoid using headphones/mobile phones while cycling.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles.
  • It’s worth checking beforehand to make sure there is somewhere safe to store/lock your bike at your place of work.

Tips for drivers to help keep other road users safe include:

  • Look out for cyclists, especially when turning.
  • Use indicators – signal intentions so that cyclists have time to react.
  • Give cyclists plenty of space when over taking, leaving as much room as you would give a car.
  • Always check for cyclists when opening a car door.
  • Follow the Highway Code

For more information on Cycle To Work Day visit: www.cycletoworkday.org

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