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Guide for all Cyclists

This guide is based on best practice and recommendations from Cycling UK and others.

Your responsibilities

To ensure that you act in a manner which is a credit to the club and cycling in general:

  • by riding safely and following the Highway Code, and
  • by maintaining a high awareness of road conditions and features, and other road users.

Safety

  1. Plan a route within your abilities (e.g. distance, traffic, hills, busy junctions, etc.).
  2. Maintain a high awareness of road conditions, features (junctions, pedestrian crossings, etc) and weather.
  3. Maintain a high awareness of other road users (traffic, pedestrians, animals) and their possible actions.
  4. Ride defensively at all times so that you are prepared for unforeseen events.
  5. Read the Highway Code and always follow its guidance, for example: on road positioning, the use of hand signals, how to ride in traffic, etc.
  6. Be very careful on bike paths and mixed use paths, not just for other users but also for leaves and mud which can be very slippery, and loose dogs.
  7. Be aware of the weather forecast and, in particular, temperatures. Below 4C, ice may not thaw during the day in hollows and shady sections of road.
  8. Horses don’t like surprises! When passing horses from behind, slow down, verbally let the riders know that there are bikes behind them, wait for their indication that it is safe to overtake, and then do so leaving the maximum amount of space between you and the horses. Take care not to startle the horses. Approaching from the front, again wait for the riders to indicate that is safe to overtake.

You and your bike

  1. Wear suitable clothing: preferably brightly coloured; reflective at night; bad weather gear for cold, wind and rain. Remember, even in summer the weather can quickly change.
  2. A properly-fitted and correctly-sized helmet is recommended as it can reduce head injuries.
  3. Carry personal ID and enough water and snacks to get you home if cafes are closed.
  4. Consider downloading the “what3words” App on to your smartphone if you have one. This will be invaluable if you require the emergency services or if you break down, and need to be precise regarding your location.
  5. Use mudguards and front & rear light, in winter months and bad weather.
  6. Carry a tool kit containing as a minimum: pump, 1 inner tube, puncture repair kit, tyre levers, Allen keys or multitool, perhaps a chain rivet extractor, and cable ties for temporary repairs.

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