Discussion in 'Beginners' started by GuyBoden, 24 Aug 2015.
Any good advice (or links) about Cycling safety in Traffic would be gratefully received.
don't cycle in the gutter !
Maybe 1m from the kerb and 1.5m from parked cars. Be willing to ride right in middle of lane if there's a pinch point or on a roundabout and particularly if going round a corner or left turn. Be assertive, which isn't the same as being agressive
learn about primary and secondary, be confident but not rash, and don't jump red lights
Try to avoid motor traffic? But if you can't, www.cyclecraft.co.uk and http://www.bamacyclist.com/articles/QuickTurn.htm - sadly I had cause to use the emergency turn yesterday after failing to notice a car not indicate but start to "right cross" me (what is the thought process of such people? Hey, they're only a pushbike - I can throw my weight around ).
If you've not driven lots, I think it might be useful to watch some of those traffic police camera clip shows or the more trouble-prone cycle commuters on youtube and think about how you'd avoid the madder motoring shown. Over 99% of the time it doesn't happen, but you might be less surprised when it does.
Finally, remember these are coping strategies for crap/no road designs and not The One True Way.
I've been reminded that the motorist driving across my lane had been "flashed" to proceed by a motorist in the lane to my right (travelling the same direction as me). Any time you see motorists start flashing each other, beware! The flasher probably hasn't checked the road situation properly and the flashed will probably just go, regardless of whether it puts you in danger or not.
Cyclecraft as above + read the Highway Code again if you've not done so or your memory needs refreshing
Don't ride up the side of queuing or slow moving traffic and never sit on the inside of a truck, bus, van at lights. If you find yourself unavoidably on the inside, make eye contact with the driver or move forwards so they can see you. Don't go on whether a vehicle is indicating a turn or not
If you want to filter do it cautiously on the right, always shoulder checking for other bikes or motorbikes or indeed cars before moving out
Any time you see a motorist slow down or stop for a reason not immediately obvious, treat the situation with caution.
Other than that, don't hog the gutter, take as much room as you feel you need. If you feel the safest place is the middle of the lane then ride in the middle of the lane. If you do it for too long, drivers will let you know then it's up to you whether or no you feel more comfortable staying where you are or relinquishing some of that space to the drivers behind you.
Fixed that for you
Errr no I don't think you did. If you take the centre of the lane when it's necessary, you'll find drivers accommodate you rather than letting you know.
The drivers near you must be much less horn-happy than most places I've ridden. Small roads they mostly behave, but in heavy traffic on multi lane roads, or if I take the lane through a pinch point, horns most times. Sometimes they honk just because you're bypassing their queue on a cycleway or lane. I think they get bolder when they've got other motorists for company. I wave hello in reply
Depends on so many things is impossible to generalise, though I for one find that taking the lane is a lot less fraught when I'm going faster
Many thanks for all the advice.
I suppose I'll have to stop, undertaking queued cars, jumping red lights, hopping on/off pavements, doing wheelies and riding with no hands on the handlebars. Only joking.....I'm in my 50's, but these are some of the things that give cyclists a bad name.
Thanks, yes, I've been meaning to read Cycle Craft.
If you can do wheelies with no hands on the bars you are a far better bike handler than I will ever be and should absolutely carry right on
Especially if you can do it while kerb hopping too
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