Cycle safe, cycle fun!
- Ensure that your bicycle is in good working condition before every ride:
- Bring your own tools and spares:
- Ride in a single file:
Additionally, staggering the line slightly can increase each rider's visibility of the road, as you can see further down the line without being blocked by the rider directly in front of you. Alternate riders (Eg, 2nd, 4th, 6th rider and so on) can ride slightly to the right of the cyclist in front, take note not to go too close or overlap wheels!
- Check your blind spot before filtering left or right:
- Ride in a straight line even when you turn your head to glance behind:
- Keep to your lane, especially when cornering.
- Use hand signals whenever possible:
- Echo warnings up or down the line
- Brake to a sufficiently low speed before entering a corner:
- Cross drain-grilles-that-run-parallel-to-the-road by riding diagonally across them:
- Concentrate on riding, especially when on the roads:
- Practise defensive riding:
- Take the entire lane if it is safer to do so:
- Stay on the left-most right turn lane when turning right:
If the right turning lane is also a straight moving lane, and you are the first vehicle in line, move towards the centre of the junction as you wait for the right turn, so that you do not impede straight moving vehicles. If there are right turning vehicles in front of you, just wait patiently behind them.
- Respect the traffic rules on the road:
- Pay attention to pre-ride briefings:
- Have proper bicycle lighting for night rides:
Reflectors are not bright enough to be seen, and rarely work effectively. Wearing bright or even reflective clothing will help a lot by increasing your visibility at night.
- Ride too close to the rider in front, especially on leisure rides:
- Overtake on a blind corner:
- Make sudden movements or stops:
- Use your phone or fiddle with your gadgets while riding:
- Insist on your right of way:
- Run red lights:
- Get agitated by unreasonable road users:
- Ride too close to a parked vehicle:
- Ride too close to the left of the lane:
- Squeeze to the front of the waiting vehicles when stopped at the traffic light:
- Ride on metal drain covers or lane markings when it is wet:
This list of Do's and Don't is by no means exhaustive or definitive. There may be cases where these rules don't apply. However, these guidelines have served me well, and I have managed to avoid some accidents because I applied defensive riding. After all, safety begins with yourself, no one else is responsible for your own safety!
Please spread the safety message, share the guidelines, ride safe and have fun!