Look out for one another on National Cycle to Work Day

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is urging road users to look out for one another ahead of National Cycle to Work Day.

Next Wednesday (13 Sep) is National Cycle to Work Day with people across Somerset urged to leave the car behind and commute by bike instead.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Cycling is a great way to improve your health and well-being and help protect the environment at the same time.

“Let’s not forget that everyone has a right to use the road and by following some simple tips you can help to ensure that your journey is a safe one.”

Safety tips for drivers:

  • Always look out for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
  • Signal before manoeuvring so that other road users know what you are planning to do and can react in time.
  • Pass cyclists wide and slow and only pass if you are totally sure it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid distractions – keep your eyes on the road
  • Don’t open your car door on to the road without first checking your wing mirror for cyclists.
  • Do not block the cyclist waiting area at traffic lights.
  • Follow the highway code.

Safety tips for cyclists:

  • Do a quick ‘ABC’ check to ensure your bike is safe to ride:
    • A (Air) – Check the tyre pressure and ensure the tyres and wheels are in good condition.
    • B (Brakes and Bolts) – Check the brakes are working correctly and that the bike doesn’t have any loose bolts.
    • C (Chain and Controls) – Make sure the chain and controls are all in good working order.
  • Don’t wear headphones or use a mobile phone; concentrate on riding.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of larger vehicles where you might not be visible to the driver.
  • Use your lights if cycling after dark or in bad weather.
  • Ride in a positive and decisive manner and always signal before you manoeuvre.
  • Make eye contact with other road users to ensure they have seen you.
  • Follow the highway code.

For more information on Cycle to Work Day visit: https://www.cycletoworkday.org.

For more information on cycle safety, please visit www.somersetroadsafety.org. You can also find Somerset Road Safety on Facebook www.facebook.com/somersetroadsafety,  Twitter www.twitter.com/SCC_RoadSafety, or Instagram www.instagram.com/somersetroadsafety.