6 Rules of Road Cycling you should always obey
Riding on the road brings with it its fair share of issues. Despite European wide improvements to the cycle lane infrastructure, riding on the roads poses risks. Here are six rules of cycling on the road, you should always obey.
Where Possible Ride Two Abreast
Riding two abreast stops traffic from forcing its way past you. It is actually legal to ride this way and is arguably safer. Car drivers, however, may not realise this is legal so you may get a few angry jeers. All this being said, use common sense when riding on narrow roads and lanes.
Make Clear Signals
Ensure you are clear with your hand signals, especially if you are turning right (in the UK and Ireland where car traffic drives on the left). Ensure the road is clear behind you and then move into the middle of the road, with your right arm outstretched. This way there can be no mistaking your attention to make a right turn.
If you are making a left turn make sure your left arm is outstretched and visible. Your aim is to make sure that all car drivers are clear which way you are turning.
Never Jump the Lights
Although it can be tempting, you should never jump the lights. An error in judgement can see you or someone else come to serious harm. Jumping lights builds up tensions with motorists too, which can lead to road rage incidents. Red lights mean stop, so ensure you stop.
Make Sure your Bike is in Working Order
Bike maintenance is paramount to staying alive on the road. Ensure your brakes, gears, and tyres are in good condition at the very least. If something goes wrong on your bike, you could pay a heavy price if you come off the saddle.
Do not Jump on and off Pavements
Always keep to the road and cycle paths, and never jump on and off pavements. It is very easy for your wheels to slip on loose stones, hit a pedestrian, and as you jump back into the traffic being hit by a surprised car driver. Stick to the road and paths at all time or use the cycle lanes.
Two Hands on the Handlebars
Always keep two hands on the handlebars. You never know when you need to use gears and brakes, and you can't use them if your hands are not on the handlebar. The only time they should not be is when signalling.
If you follow these rules, you will find your personal safety when road cycling will increase considerably.