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Sharing Space on the road

Below are some common sense tips developed for cyclists when they are on the road.

Tips for cyclists

  • wear an approved helmet and light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see you
  • use cycle routes and Advanced Stop Lines, where available
  • when using cycle lanes, keep within the lane when practicable
  • when leaving a cycle lane, check before pulling out that it is safe to do
  • most bus lanes may be used by cyclists as indicated on signs
  • do not pass between the kerb and a bus when it is at a stop
  • on roadways or cycle paths take care when passing pedestrians, especially children, older or disabled people, and allow them plenty of room
  • take care near road junctions; other road users might not notice you
  • it is illegal to cycle on a footway or footpath, unless on a cycle track where one has been provided
  • always ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends
  • give a clear signal to show other road users what you intend to do
  • look well ahead for obstructions in the road, such as drains, pot-holes, parked vehicles and traffic calming features, so that you do not have to swerve suddenly to avoid them
  • leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles and watch out for doors being opened or pedestrians stepping into your path
  • ride positively and decisively and remember you are part of the traffic

The tips are also available in the form of a leaflet that you can download or print via the following link:

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