The numbers of people choosing to cycle for fun, fitness or to get to work has increased by more than a quarter in twenty years and an incredible 3.2 billion miles are cycled on our roads every year.
- Drivers should always keep on the alert for cyclists, particularly at junctions and when getting out of cars.
- Motorists should always leave plenty of room for cyclists at traffic lights.
- Cyclists should ensure they ride a door’s width from parked cars and should ride centrally in narrow lanes.
- Drivers should make sure they indicate ahead of manoeuvring.
- Advanced stop lines allow cyclists to remain visible by taking position at the front of the traffic. Drivers must stop at the first white line reached, if the lights are amber or red. Allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green light shows.
- Cyclists should ride decisively and well clear of the kerb. They should be clear in looking and signalling to show drivers what they plan to do, making eye contact where possible so they know drivers have seen them.
- Cyclists should avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles such as lorries or buses, where they may not be seen.
- Lights should be used after dark or in poor visibility.
- When cycling, it is sensible to wear clothing that is light coloured and reflective as this increases the chance you will be noticed.
- Cycling helmets are recommended. This should be fastened securely and should conform to regulations.
Cycling is an effective sustainable mode of travel to school, however, all pupils cycling must be made aware of the need for safety and security when cycling. The National Standard Cycle Training is a progressive scheme that moves through three levels to give parents the reassurance that their children have the necessary skills and confidence to cycle to school. Children are encouraged to achieve all three levels of training. Bikeability is organised by our Highways Team in Northamptonshire. If you would like further information regarding Bikeability training please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.