You and your bicycle

Part of: The Highway Code, The Highway Code Annexes

Make sure that you feel confident of your ability to ride safely on the road.

Be sure that:

  • you choose the right size and type of cycle for comfort and safety
  • lights and reflectors are kept clean and in good working order
  • tyres are in good condition and inflated to the pressure shown on the tyre
  • gears are working correctly
  • the chain is properly adjusted and oiled
  • the saddle and handlebars are adjusted to the correct height

You must:

  • ensure your brakes are efficient
  • ensure a working bell or horn is fitted
  • at night, use lit front and rear lights and have a red rear reflector

Laws RV(T)R reg 7 & RVLR reg 21

Cycle training can help both children and adults, especially those adults returning to cycling to develop the skills needed to cycle safely on today’s roads.

All cyclists should consider the benefits of undertaking cycle training. For information, contact the Department for Infrastructure's Road Safety Promotion and Outreach branch

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