Cycling in towns and cities requires a level of alertness that you cannot afford to drop. Not only will there be lots of vehicles around but they will be heading in all directions and navigating traffic junctions, just as you need to do.
When you are cycling in towns and cities it becomes even more important to make sure you wear highly visible clothing and a cycle helmet, to ensure you are more visible to others. You should also use cycle paths whenever possible; sometimes these are painted onto pavements to provide a dedicated area for cyclists to use. These are safer than using the road if they are provided as an option.
You should also observe all the rules in the Highway Code when cycling in towns and cities. Make sure you don’t creep pass vehicles to get to the front of the queue at traffic lights for example – they may not always see you. This can easily lead to an accident. Be very careful when heading straight on too, because some drivers will happily turn left without any concern for you or your safety.
What are the main dangers to be aware of when cycling in towns and cities?
The main danger is the increase in traffic you will encounter. Since you have to ride in the road by law, you have to be alert to the other road users around you. Not everyone will give cyclists a wide berth so you have to be aware of where other vehicles are as they pass you. You should also be careful when riding close to lorries and other large vehicles in towns and cities. Don’t pass on the inside and be careful when you are going straight on at junctions.
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