As easy as riding a bike
Travel by bike has become a realistic option for many commuters, as a serious alternative to commuting by public transport or car. Although cycle lanes are now more prevalent in major conurbations, as local authorities respond to the growing demand, the sad fact is, Britain’s roads were never designed for the humble pedal pushers. A combination of fast traffic, bad weather and low visibility can be fatal for cyclists and dangerous for other road users. Here are some tips for staying safe.
Safety for Cyclists
Light up: At night, your front and rear lights are probably your single most effective protection against being hit by other road users. Make sure they are working.
Tyre pressure: Keep your tyres in good condition. Check the tread and the pressure regularly and ensure you have a working tyre pump on your bike. You never know when you might need it.
A good fit: Whether you buy a new or second-hand bike, adjust it for the proper fit for your height and leg-length, and for a safe and comfortable riding position. This means adjusting the saddle for angle and height from the ground. The right height means you can easily put one foot firmly on the ground, if need be.
Maintenance: Check the tyres, lights and brake pads weekly. Check the chain monthly. Wipe it down with a soft cloth and reapply oil. Once a year, have your bike checked out by a mechanic. Your local bike shop is probably the best place to ask where you can contact one.
Dress for success: Wear clothing that will not be caught in spokes or other parts of the bike. If you need to carry gear, wear a snug fitting backpack for safety and balance.
Road safety: There are many online resources for safe bike riding, whether you are commuting in traffic, travelling in urban areas, or out exploring the countryside.
Accident solicitor in Bathgate
You may need to contact an accident solicitor in Bathgate if you are a victim of a road accident. Tragically, approximately 19,000 bike riders are killed or injured on Britain’s roads every year. Cyclists and pedestrians are more vulnerable than road users in cars and vehicles and tend to come off worst. Should you be a victim of such an accident, and were hit by another vehicle, or forced off the road and injured, you may have a case for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Contact us to start your claim with an accident solicitor in Bathgate. In fact, an accident solicitor is available to take your case for any kind of personal injury claim, where it was the fault of another person or third party. If you think you have sufficient proof, or even if you are not sure, contact our trained advisers now and ask for more information about how the process works. You can get hold of us on 0800 689 0500 (from your landline) or from your mobile, on 0333 500 0993. Our lines are Freephone and they are open 24/7. Call us when it suits you, and if we can’t answer your questions straight away, an adviser will contact you.
You can also text “CLAIM365” to 88010 and we’ll call you back.