Cycling is a fairly dangerous activity at the best of times, but in busy cities like London, cyclists are at an even greater risk of being injured by road traffic accident. There are, however, some ways to ensure personal safety when cycling in London.
The first of these measures is to check your bicycle thoroughly before embarking on your journey. This includes ensuring tyres are inflated properly; brakes, gears and lights are in good working order and the saddle is not only placed at a comfortable height, but secured properly to stop it from dropping unexpectedly.
Wearing safety helmets is also recommended when cycling through London. While this does not prevent accidents per se, it will reduce the risk of sustaining serious head injuries in case a cycling accident does occur.
Being involved in traffic accidents can also be avoided by using cycling lanes whenever possible. Especially created and often separated from the general flow of traffic altogether, cycling lanes are designed to help cyclists avoid being hit by vehicles while making their way to work, school or whatever other destination they are heading for.
Choosing correct lanes
When no cycling lanes are provided, it is important to select the right lane for the direction you are heading in, rather than weaving seemingly aimless in and out of slowly moving traffic. Naturally, clearly indicating your intentions to other road users is equally important if cycling related accidents are to be avoided, as is keeping a close eye on what other road users are doing.
Junctions and roundabouts
Roundabouts and busy junctions can be particularly difficult to navigate, especially for cyclists. If unsure as to how to proceed or feeling generally insecure on a bicycle, it is best to avoid collisions with other vehicles by dismounting and crossing or navigating said junctions or roundabouts as a pedestrian.
When things go wrong
In a nutshell, cyclists can do much to avoid traffic related accidents by ensuring their cycles are in good working order and being responsible and alert. All your efforts to prevent cycling injuries may, however, prove fruitless if another road user neglects his or her duty to drive with due care and attention.
Your right to claim
Should this happen to you and you are injured in an accident on the road that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to cycling injury compensation. Get more information on claiming injury compensation by calling Accident Advice Helpline’s Freephone advice line on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice