Cycling is a fun, healthy and environmentally-friendly way of getting around. However, pedal cyclists are more vulnerable than motorists, especially in poor weather.
Each year in West Mercia, around 40 cyclists are killed or seriously injured on our roads. However, cyclists and motorists can help each other to improve road safety.
- Get a helmet - make sure it is properly fitted and always wear it when cycling.
- Be as visible as possible. Ride well clear of the kerb, wear bright clothing - high visibility and reflective clothing will ensure you can be seen in daylight and at night.
- Always use lights after dark and in poor weather conditions.
- Show other road users what you intend to do. Look and signal before you start, turn or stop.
- Don't dodge in and out of parked cars - ride in a straight line.
- Use cycle lanes wherever they are available.
- Don't ride with more than two of you side by side and on narrow roads ride in single file.
- Never ride the wrong way up one-way streets.
- Obey traffic lights - don't ride through on red.
- Don't ride on pavements or footpaths unless there are signs permitting this.
- Only use bus lanes where you see the symbol of a bicycle displayed.
Cyclists have the same right to use the roads as other vehicles but need extra consideration because of their relative vulnerability.
- Give extra space to cyclists on roundabouts and junctions where other vehicles can change speed and direction quickly.
- Cyclists turning right are exposed and need extra consideration.
- Don't squeeze past cyclists - given them space and leave at least half a car's width.
- Always check for cyclists when opening a car door if parking on the street.