Whether you’re an avid cyclist or a weekend biker, it’s essential to have a thorough grounding in cycling safety.
A great activity for people of all ages to enjoy, riding a bike is a fun way to travel, explore new areas and get fit! Before setting off, it’s important to get familiar with some basic safety essentials. To get started, why not check out the infographic below.
Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable groups on the road. In fact, cyclists are up to 30 times more likely to receive an injury and are 18 times more likely to die on the road than drivers. This is because they are quite physically exposed and have a much lower level of personal protection.
There are many risk factors that contribute to cycling accidents, such as:
- Poor visibility due to poor weather or lighting
- Cycling in the wrong direction on a cycle path
- Cycling on the footpath
- Riding at night
- Going too fast or too slow
- The consumption of alcohol or drugs
Fortunately, many of the risk factors listed above can be prevented by taking some simple precautions. To learn more about these, take a look at the infographic below which offers useful information on common dangers, essential safety gear, hand signals, and the rules of the road.