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Cycle Safety

Cycle Safety

Cycle safety

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, cyclists are killed or seriously injured on our roads. Cyclists and motorists can help each other to improve road safety.

Be bright be seen cyclist


With an increasing number of cyclists using the roads, it is more important than ever for all those involved to share the road responsibly. Cyclists remain a vulnerable group across Warwickshire and West Mercia and we will continue to focus our efforts on reducing collisions involving cyclists.

Cycling campaigns focus on 'share the road' messages. Drivers are encouraged to allow plenty of space for cyclists when overtaking and to always look out for them when undertaking manoeuvres and changing lanes. Cyclists are encouraged to keep themselves as visible as possible, particularly during the autumn and winter months, and to avoid distractions when on their bikes.

Cyclists should:

  • 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 2 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

Motorists remember

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
Published 23/12/18