How to ride a bike safely
Riding a bike is good for your physical fitness and the environment, which is why it is one of the best ways of getting around if you live close enough to work to commute in this way. But before you choose to cycle in to work each day you will first need to know how to be completely safe on a bike on the road. Riding a bike in a park or other pedestrianised zone is very different from being on a main road, even if you are in a cycle lane, and you will need to learn to take the right precautions to keep yourself safe.
Check your bike
Before you head out on any journey, perform a short but thorough check of your bike to make sure that it is in good working order. You will want to check:
- Tyres to make sure that they are solid with no punctures, and full of air
- Chain to ensure that it is not tangled or full of grime
- Saddle to make sure that it is firmly fixed on the bike and not moving around
- Brakes to make sure that they are not sticking or slow to stop the wheels
Wear the right clothes
Wear bright colours to make yourself more visible to other vehicles. You will also want to wear comfortable shoes which are firmly on, and don’t have any laces flapping which could get caught in the spokes or chain.
Know the rules
Learn the rules of the road and stick to them just as you would if you were in charge of any other vehicle. Always signal your intent when you plan to make a turn so that other cars will know what you are doing, and keep an eye out for signs and traffic lights so that you can follow them.
Finding injury solicitors in Castle Coombe
If you do get into an accident on your bike which is the fault of someone else, you may want to use injury solicitors in Castle Coombe to claim compensation for your injuries. It is easiest to make a compensation claim through Accident Advice Helpline, as we have over 16 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims, and will be able to provide you with experienced and dedicated injury solicitors in Castle Coombe to deal with your claim.
Call the helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the friendly, helpful team about your accident. They will help you to decide whether or not you have a good case for compensation, and if you do will pass you over to injury solicitors in Castle Coombe who will start work on your claim. You are under no obligation to proceed after this phone call, but if you do your injury solicitors in Castle Coombe will work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis to get you the compensation you deserve, and you shouldn’t even have to go to court.
Date Published: 1st June 2017
Author: Emma Matthews