Safe cycling

Confident, safe cycling not only comes through experience, but from good basic training. We offer personalised one-to-one cycle training sessions suitable for all ages and abilities, whether you are a complete novice, just need a refresher, or you're ready for an advanced skills session.

Safe cycling

Top tips

These are our top tips for safe cycling

  • cycle at a steady pace, about one metre away from the kerb so that you can anticipate and respond to road situations easily. Riding too close to the kerb or parked cars puts you at more risk and encourages drivers to squeeze by

  • make eye contact with other road users at junctions and crossings: make sure that they've seen you

  • be predictable and confident on the road so that all road users are aware of you

  • be visible: wear bright, light coloured clothes and always use good lights and reflective gear at night

  • be heard: use your bell to let other road users and pedestrians know that you're approaching

  • never cycle on pavements or through red lights: it's against the law and gives cyclists a bad name

  • consider wearing a helmet

Respecting other road users

Be aware of pedestrians and motorists around you at all times, particularly in busy city centre areas where a variety of road users come into contact with one another

Always be aware of pedestrians, particularly on shared cycle/pedestrian paths, and give them time to move out of the way

Don’t forget that older people, young children and disabled people may not see or hear you as you approach them on your bike

The Highway Code is essential reading for all road users. It explains the laws that cyclists must obey for everyone’s safety and offers further useful advice

Lighting up

Riding without lights, or without adequate lights, in dark conditions puts you and other road users at risk, as well as being against the law. Check out the weather details of sunrise and sunset times so that you know when to use your lights

Be safe around HGVs

Be safe around HGVs and buses: stay back behind longer vehicles when they are turning left, or move ahead in front of them, never alongside