Although vast, London is an extremely accessible city with a number of different forms of transport on hand to manoeuvre tourists, commuters and the general public around safely and efficiently. One of the latest methods available is Boris Bikes, which are available for hire throughout the city. Naturally, using such equipment can leave you open to road traffic accidents, but there are many preparations that can be made to avoid such issues.
How can I avoid road accidents and stay safe on my Boris Bike?
Bicycles are used on public roads, and Boris Bikes are no different. The equipment works like any normal bicycle – so normal rules apply. Here are some guidelines to keep you free of peril on the streets of London:
- Safety Equipment – Helmets, pads and high visibility equipment can be the difference between a safe journey and a dangerous one, and the impact of this equipment is amplified on the busy London streets. Following correct procedures can help you to avoid road injuries and ensure you arrive at your destination promptly and free of problems.
- Road Safety – It is key to know the rules of the road when taking to the streets on a Boris Bike. According to figures from the London Fire Brigade in 2012 the capital’s roads are the safest they have been in over 25 years, but it is still worth consulting the Highway Code ahead of any journey to check you are up to speed and know how to avoid road traffic incidents. Special bike lanes are frequent across London to keep you clear of traffic, but there are areas where you may need to be more aware of dangers to avoid any potential accidents.
- Check your Bike – Although Boris Bikes are well maintained it’s always worth making a few checks prior to your journey to avoid road-based accidents. Obvious problems include tyre pressures and functioning handle bars, but it’s sometimes worth checking other moving parts i.e. chains and brakes before setting off. If there’s a genuine problem be sure to contact a relevant figure to assist you.
Boris Bikes are a great way to move around London quickly and catch the sights and sounds of the city. Of course making sure this is done safely is key, and by following our guidelines you should be set for a fun trip around the capital.