Cycling in busy traffic can be very nerve-wracking, especially if you are not used to it. However, if you are used to it, it is very easy to become complacent. As a cyclist, you are one of the most vulnerable people on the road. You have little to no protection, which means you should do everything you can to remain safe at all times.
For example, make sure you wear bright clothing and reflective items at night, so people can see you more easily. Don’t be afraid to stake your place in your lane either – if you stick to the left-hand side there is every chance a driver could turn left without seeing you or paying attention to the fact you are there. Cyclists have been knocked off their bikes in situations like these.
Make sure you are paying full attention to what is happening around you
This cannot be emphasised enough. Regardless of who is at fault for an accident, wouldn’t you rather avoid having one in the first place? It is always better to assume drivers are going to do things you don’t expect them to. Raise your level of alertness and always look at what is going on around you. Remember to listen too – sometimes noises can alert you to potential danger before it reaches you.
You should also consider whether to take a different route than the one you are currently on. This applies to occasional journeys as well as regular ones. Quieter roads are safer for cyclists and have far less traffic on them. Would it be safer to add on a little distance and reduce the amount of traffic you have to cycle with and through?
Keep a firm grip on your handlebars
This might sound obvious, but not all cyclists do it. If a car comes past close to you and causes you to wobble, you may stay on the bike if you have a good grip of your handlebars. If you don’t, you could experience a spill.
If you’ve been hurt in a cycling accident on the roads while cycling in busy traffic, you may have enough evidence to mount a compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline – accessible on 0800 689 0500 – could help you with that claim, so call now for no-obligation advice. It could lead to a compensation payout if you have a good case.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead