Getting ready for Autumn bike rides like a Pro.
One of the few good things to come out of recent events is that we are challenging what we all previously took for the norm. An increasing number of people have started cycling to work, to avoid public transport. On a dreary autumn morning or overcast summer evening, you need other road users to see you while you are cycling to or from work. Wearing high visibility (high vis) clothing and reflective straps is the best way for you to stay safe and be seen, by other road users and pedestrians.
Your safety while cycling on the roads is number 1 priority, not just to you, your family and friends. But also some wonderful companies that are bringing innovative solutions at competitive prices, to the market, to ensure that you have the best chance of being seen and staying safe on your ride. Cycling to work is literally as easy as, well riding a bike… however, in order for you to reach your destination safely, you need to be mindful of the following:
Make sure your bike is well maintained and your tires are properly inflated before setting off. Dress to be seen, high vis clothing and accessories are the most effective way to make sure that you can be seen by motorists at a safe distance. Always wear a helmet, not only could it save your life, but it also helps to keep your hair in place. Dress for the occasion and carry a high vis waterproof jacket, backpack/helmet cover, so you are prepared when it rains.
Know the rules of the road
Most cyclists are also motorists or have at least ridden in a car or bus. It is worth brushing up on the highway code, I am not suggesting you need to be prepared to take a theory test, but you should be aware of where you can and can’t ride and what the road signs mean. Do not run red lights, no amount of high vis will save you if you jump a red at a junction. Respect other road users and the rules of the road.
Pay attention to the road, those around you and be aware of your own limitations. Stay hydrated and well fuelled. Make eye contact were possible with other road users and ride predictably. Many larger vehicles have blind spots, do not be tempted to undertake them, just in case they make a last-minute decision to turn left. Be present, this is one of the greatest side effects of cycling. You are forced to be in the present moment, meaning that you are not left over thinking about the day’s workload, or what - in hindsight - you would have done differently that day.
Cycling Safety- Be safe, be seen
From beginner cyclists to weekend club riders, I challenge you to give a valid reason as to why you cannot incorporate a bike ride – even for part of the journey – into your daily commute.There is little excuse for us to rely on our car or public transport for the whole journey to work. The most common objection is peoples anxiety about their safety while cycling. I understand peoples concern, but the best way to cycle safely is to dress so that those around you can see you any time of the day or night. At night, having a bright light is not enough for a speeding motorist to see you from a safe distance. No longer do you have to worry about looking like a traffic cone or risk ruining your well thought out colour coordination. High vis clothing and accessories, come in a wide range of colours and styles.
Cycling safety is a huge topic at the moment, with more and more people dusting off their old bike and choosing to cycle to work, the roads are getting busier with cyclists. You will also have to share the road with motorists and pedestrians on your commute. Even if you are fortunate enough to have dedicated cycle lanes in your area, you still need to contend with fellow cyclists and wandering pedestrians. As a cyclist, you need to give yourself the best possible chance to be seen. The benefit of high vis clothing is that it works in all light conditions, unlike the little white flashing light on your handlebars. In addition to the bright high visibility colours, the best high vis clothing has reflective stips, making it easier for you to catch the eye of the people around you, for all the right reasons.
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Come rain or shine - Be safe, be seen
When preparing to cycle to work, you need to plan ahead and look at the weather forecast. Even during the longer summer days, here in the UK, the weather is unpredictable. In the morning, you may set off in blinding sunshine, to be caught short on your journey home, as clouds have formed and have decided to empty themselves, just as you are leaving the office. There is no point getting frustrated, it is not something that you can control. You can, however, be prepared for all weather and visibility conditions with a few extra pieces of clothing and accessories. You will need a waterproof jacketand backpack cover, that is the reality of your commitment to incorporate cycling into your commute.
The beauty of high vis and reflective waterproof jackets is that even in broad daylight, you benefit from 360 visibility, you are seen more easily than someone wearing a bland anorak or cycling jersey, from every direction. At night or in low light conditions the reflective stips really pay off, sending a strong signal to anything with headlights that you exist and should be avoided. Cycling can be hot stuff (like you in your new high vis jacket), so you should consider investing in a gilet, vest or sash. These are great for anyone that may have to cross or travel on a road, even while Walking, Running or Horse Riding. The vests are also very lightweight and easy to pack away if conditions improve, or you are no longer on the road.
One of the biggest complaints from motorists about cyclists on the road is that they often struggle to see them. Respect other road users and yourself, invest in high vis clothing and accessories to ensure that you stay safe on your commute. Do not forget to have fun and enjoy the ride, safe in the knowledge that you are prepared to be seen, come rain or shine.
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