Cycling - info and advice,training
A safe cyclist is a thinking cyclist, who rides a safe, well
Bedford Borough Council is committed to improving
facilities for cyclists and encouraging the use of cycles by new
riders. Riding a bike is a great way to move around with the
added benefit of gentle exercise. Cycling helps you keep fit and
can save money and time.
Bicycles are vehicles not toys.
When ridden on the road a bike is deemed a
vehicle and every cyclist a road user. The ‘Highway Code’
states rules for cyclists in addition to those which apply to all
Same Roads,Rights and Rules.
With rights come
responsibilities. Obey all laws, signs and signals. Two wheels or
four, the law is the law! It’s a lot safer following traffic
rules than not.
It is illegal to ride a
cycle on the pavement. You could be fined up to £500 for doing
You can get hurt if you and your bike are not properly
See our Bikeability Pages (opens in a
new window) for information on how the cycling proficiency test has
been brought up to date.
Ensure the bike is a correct fit for you with
the saddle and handlebars are adjusted to the correct
height. Make sure it is in proper working order and that
you are competent with operating all the controls. Keep tyres
pumped up to avoid punctures. If you dont have the have
the knowledge of how to adjust brakes and gears make sure you have
the bike regularly checked by a competent person.
Be Visible at Night.
Use front and rear lights in the morning and at night.
Reflectors alone are not sufficient.
Be Seen During Daylight.
Bright clothing catches people’s attention
during daylight, but the best way to be seen is to be in the
driver’s line of sight. Ride to be seen.
Use Protective Clothing and
A helmet protects an irreparable part of your
body. Wear fluorescent materials by day and reflective
clothing at night.
Never rely on other road users to do what
they should do or you expect them to. Rely on your own
judgement, and ride to your own abilities. Be aware of other
road users particularly pedestrians. Make eye contact with
motorists when possible and always signal your intentions clearly,
giving plenty of time for other road users to react.
When approaching junctions be wary of
motorists who might turn left across you. Be aware that
motorists often misjudge the speed of cyclists and may change lanes
and manoeuvre without signalling.
Watch out for doors opening from parked
cars and be aware of vehicles pulling out of side
If you spot a problem while cycling please report it to the
Highways Team on 01234 718003 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team