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Safe cycling

Enfield Council is developing a network of cycle routes across the Borough. These routes will be safe, direct and attractive. To help you manage your own safety we provide free access to professional cycling instructors. These sessions are recommended for anyone thinking of cycling, even if you already cycle regularly. By tailoring the session to your individual ability, the instructor can help you troubleshoot bad habits and provide useful advice and tips.

Visit the Activities & Events page for more information and to book.

Sharing the road

With a little bit of route planning it's usually possible to avoid busy roads on your journey, though at some point you will probably have to share the road with other vehicles. There are a few tips you can follow to make sharing the road safer for everyone.

Be alert

  • Be aware that there are blind spots around large vehicles. It's often safer to hang back.
  • Pay attention to what's going on around you and what other road users might do.
  • Make eye contact with drivers, so you know that they have seen you.

 

Be in the right place

  • Ride assertively, away from the gutter. If the road is too narrow for a vehicle to pass you safely, it may be safer to cycle in the middle of the road to avoid dangerous overtaking.
  • Ride in a straight line passed parked cars, rather than drifting in and out between them. Allow at least a full doors width between you and the car, in case a car door opens suddenly.

 

Be seen

  • Use appropriate hand signals when making left or right turns, always look behind you before signaling and turning.
  • The Highway Code states that all bikes should be fitted with red rear reflectors and an amber reflector within each pedal (for bikes manufactured after 01-10-1985.) In dark conditions a steady-beam white front lamp and a steady-beam red rear lamp are compulsory. The law is very complex with regard to what additional, or alternative, means of illumination may be used. Further information can be found on the Cyclist Defence Fund website.
  • Consider wearing bright clothing in the day and reflective clothing at night. Also consider wearing a helmet. If you choose to wear a cycle helmet make sure it fits you properly and is adjusted correctly.
  • Use your bell when approaching pedestrians who might wander into the road without looking. Remember they can't hear you coming.

 

More information is available by the reading the Highway Code for Cyclists.

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