Safety tips

Tips for safe biking and advice on safety gear

Top 10 safety tips

  1. Be vigilant. Look into the far, middle and near distance, and behind you, using your mirrors and checking over your shoulders, before changing position or turning.
  2. Keep your distance. In wet or icy conditions, always leave a bigger gap.
  3. Be seen. Make sure your position is correct. Use dipped headlights and wear high visibility clothing (such as a neon vest and ‘Sam Browne’ reflective belt).
  4. Avoid surprising others. Never do anything on the road that could cause another road user to slow down, brake or swerve or that could startle pedestrians.
  5. Think like other road users. Anticipate how they might react.
  6. Read the road. Ride to current road, weather and traffic conditions.
  7. Match your speed to the conditions. Never let others dictate your pace.
  8. Never ride your bike after consuming alcohol or drugs.
  9. Maintain your bike properly. Regularly check petrol, oil, water, damage, electrics and tyres.
  10. Take lessons from an experienced instructor. See every ride as a chance to improve your skills.

Safety gear

Wear appropriate clothing and a secure helmet every time you get on your bike.

  • Jackets and trousers should give you enough protection from impact, abrasion, cold and weather conditions.
  • Use body armour on vulnerable areas such as the back, knees, elbows, shoulders, hips and shins. This should be adjustable so it fits snugly and does not move in a crash.
  • You should wear a good reflective jacket to make you more visible on the road.
  • Wear protective gloves, and footwear that at least comes above the ankle.