Cycling is a common means of transport in Ireland. It’s popular for several reasons: it’s great exercise, it’s cheap and it cuts down on travel time, especially during rush-hour, but as winter approaches, cyclists are being urged to practice best practice on the roads.
Cyclists are a vulnerable category of road user. Every year there are several cycling fatalities on Irish roads and countless collisions involving cyclists.
As a cyclist, you can reduce your risk of death or injury by following some simple advice:
Never cycle in the dark without adequate lighting – white for front, red for rear
· Always wear luminous clothing such as hi-vis vests, fluorscent armbands and reflective belts so that other road users can see you
· Wear a helmet
· Make sure you keep to the left. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn
· Follow the rules of the road, never run traffic lights or weave unpredictably in and out of traffic
· Maintain your bike properly – in particular, your brakes should work properly and your tyres should be inflated to the right pressure and be in good condition
· Respect other road users – don’t get into shouting matches with motorists; stop at pedestrian crossings; don’t cycle on the footpath
· Watch your speed, especially when cycling on busy streets and going downhill
· Steer well clear of left-turning trucks: let them turn before you move ahead