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Cycling Safety (bicycles)



Overview of how to cycle (bicycle) safely either recreationally or commuting to work

Overview of how to cycle (bicycle) safely either recreationally or commuting to work



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    Cycling Safety (bicycles) Cycling Safety (bicycles) Presentation Transcript

      • Cycling Safety
      • Richard Birdsey
      • 16 th September 2009
    • Basic safety factors
      • Gear and bikes
      • Road rules
      • Skills and situational awareness
      • Routes
    • Equipment
      • Bike
        • Brakes, tyre pressures, steering
        • Bell / horn / voice
        • Lights / reflectors
        • Pre ride check / ongoing maintenance
      • Clothing
        • Helmet, gloves, glasses, bright clothes
        • Weather related clothes and sun protection
        • Be careful of street clothes
    • Road rules
      • Bicycles are ‘ vehicles’
      • Obey traffic lights and signs
      • Ride on the left and ‘filtering’ is legal
      • Must use bike lanes where existing
      • Keep off the footpath
      • Use transit / bus lanes NOT “Bus Only”
      • “ No hands” is an offence
    • Common lethal situations
      • Intersections and roundabouts
      • Busy roads or public places
      • Vehicles approaching from behind
      • Narrow stretches of road or spaces
      • Parked or stationary cars
      • Bad weather / poor road surfaces / debris
      • Inattentive drivers, passengers or pedestrians
    • FIVE key survival skills
      • Situational awareness
      • Planning for different scenarios
      • Judging distance and speed at a glance
      • Consistent, predictable riding
      • Respectful assertiveness
    • Prevent / avoid
      • Look out and stay sharp! – scan around you constantly (including behind) to maintain
      • Be predictable – don’t weave / swerve (unless emergency) and straight line riding.
      • Signal your intentions to move or stop well in advance.
      • Be politely assertive - you have a right to be on the road but consider others.
      • Keep left where possible ­ but take the lane if it is safer, then move out of the way.
    • Prevention (cont)
      • Beware car doors - stay a safe distance out but not too far onto the road.
      • Avoid the crush - take the whole lane when going through narrow sections, speed humps and single lane roundabouts.
      • Make eye contact with drivers (and they see you!) before riding in front of them.
      • Be noticed! Position yourself do other road users can see you. Use lights and reflectors at night .
    • Reacting to threats
      • Slow or stop pedalling
      • Assume ‘swerve or stop’ attitude
      • Check behind (fast)
      • Work your options
      • React
      • If in doubt - STOP
    • Wet and windy weather
      • All traffic has reduced visibility in the rain
      • Lights and reflectors
      • Slow down, no sudden moves
      • Avoid smooth, slippery surfaces
      • Take the train!
      • Check the weather
      • Wear the right clothes
    • Safe routes
      • Find a route best for YOU
      • Best source of info is other riders
      • Avoid main roads and busy areas
      • Ride it when quiet at your own pace
      • Consider conditions at other times
    • Consider
      • Your skills and your group
      • Distance, time of day, time taken and purpose
      • Road conditions (hills, complexity, quality)
      • Traffic conditions (volume, speed, type)
      • Other hazards (pedestrians, animals etc)
      • Main and fall back alternative routes