Cycling in the countryside is arguably one of the finest places you could ever hope to cycle. You may think it is far safer than taking to the roads in a city or town, and you’d be right in some instances. However, there are situations where the dangers of cycling in the country become all too apparent.
Be wary of potential dangers
- Potholes. Yes, these can occur on country roads just as much as city roads. What’s more, many roads may not have proper kerbs, so you could easily run off the road if you go too close to them.
- Animals in the road. This isn’t likely to happen in the city, but it can easily happen in the countryside. An errant sheep, or even a cow, can easily be around the next corner.
- Walkers. Plenty of people love to get out and about and explore the countryside. These include walkers and hikers, and they may not always be walking into oncoming traffic, as is the usual way. As such, it makes sense to be alert – and to watch for dogs off leads too, just in case.
- No cycle lanes. On a country road, you’re using the same road as every other vehicle. There are no separate lanes for cyclists, and sometimes the roads can be very narrow. Watch out for other vehicles and make sure you are fully alert at all times – despite the beauty of the scenery.
- No road markings. This isn’t always the case, but it can be. The quieter the road or lane, the less likely it is there will be road markings. In addition, there could be other road users veering across onto your side of the road, which could put you in potential danger.
Have you come across the dangers of cycling in the country?
Maybe you have yet to go cycling in the countryside. On the other hand, you may already have done so and been involved in some kind of accident in the process. If so, you may be recovering from injuries caused by that incident. Accident Advice Helpline is available now on 0800 689 0500 and we could be in a position to use our expertise to support you towards making a compensation claim. Call now and see whether one of our lawyers might be able to help you with a no win, no fee claim.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead