The ability to stay upright is obviously a key skill when riding a bike. The purpose of this post is to provide tips on where to position in the road and how to ride more safely in traffic and on a commute. I may not remember everything at the first attempt and will come back to add things as I remember or discover them!
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The gutter is possibly the worst place to ride for lots of reasons. One, cars, vans and trucks seem to think that if a bike is positioned in the gutter it’s ok to overtake regardless of street furniture or oncoming traffic. Two, the debris washed off the road by car tyres gathers close to the curb and will cause punctures. Three, drain covers and other potholes are common in the gutter which can cause pinch-punctures and can even cause you to lose control of your bike and fall. Four, if you’re close to the curb and want to turn at the last minute to avoid something like debris or a pothole, you only have the option to turn away from the curb and into the road as turning into the curb is not an option.
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I generally ride 40 to 80 cms from the curb, clear of the gutter but not in the middle of the lane. This allows me to move left or right to get around a pothole or manhole cover if need be. It also keeps me clear of the puncture-giving debris in the gutter. If the road narrows creating a pinch point I will often move to the centre of my lane to deter other vehicles from trying to pass when it would be unsafe. This is often called ‘taking the lane’. Other times I might ‘take the lane’ would be when approaching a junction where I need to turn right or demonstrate to vehicles behind that I am not turning left and so will continue to need my bit of road space. If there is a lot of traffic and the cars in front are moving no faster than me I may ‘take the lane’ again to discourage vehicles behind from trying to come alongside me and reducing my space. If you aren’t filtering up to the front at a traffic light because there isn’t space then don’t squeeze yourself to the side. Take up a position in the centre of the lane, guarding your space.
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I’ll tell you a little story of one of my worst bike accidents from when I was about 18 years old. I was going down a gentle hill, so fairly fast, and was mulling over the work I had to do that afternoon when, all of a sudden, I was doing somersaults on the tarmac. The first thing I did when I sat up was to laugh at the sight of my riderless bike still going with a football bouncing after it. A group of lads were playing football on the pitches beside the road and I had been hit by a wayward shot on goal. I didn’t laugh long as I had seriously grazed my leg, elbow, shoulder and even head. I gathered my bike and headed off to work where I was patched up.
The point of this story is that I should have been alert to the risk posed by the lads playing football. Just because I had control of the bike didn’t mean that control couldn’t be taken away from me at a moment’s notice.
Cycling in traffic is fraught with risk and there are more risks than we are at first aware of.
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how to write a good profile for a dating website Side roads. Junctions are obviously dangerous areas but it is also important to approach each and every side road with caution. Cars emerging from them may not see you but a greater and less obvious risk is often the car turning into the side street across the traffic. One of the two times I’ve had a collision in London happened when I was confidently riding up the empty bus lane with rush hour review traffic queuing along the lane beside me. A car travelling in the opposite direction turned through the queuing traffic and didn’t see me. Despite braking hard I hit the rear end of the car and went over it. The driver was apologetic but genuinely confused as she simply hadn’t seen me. I tried to make the point that she needed to be looking for bikes and not just buses in the bus lane. These days, if traffic is queuing alongside me I’m doubly aware of the risk of cars turning out of the queue, across the queue or of pedestrians stepping off the pavement to cross the road without looking.
site de rencontre gratuit en allemagne Vehicles. Ok, they are an obvious threat but they can do the stupidest things which endanger cyclists especially as we are protected by nothing but thin air while they sit in their hard metal boxes. In my experience vehicles often consider cyclists almost to be stationary objects to be overtaken. Once they have overtaken you they stop considering you. So, they will often overtake only to almost immediately turn off the road, slowing and causing the cyclist to break or at worst, to collide with the vehicle that overtook them moments before. The only other occasion when I have been knocked off in London was like this. An estate car came past me in traffic that was going only a little faster than I was at the time. Soon after coming past it decided to pull over to the curb clipping my front wheel and bringing me crashing down into the path of the vehicle behind us which fortunately stopped before running me over. Four rather anxious burly plain-clothed police officers jumped out of the estate car and checked I was ok. I assured them I was and we all carried on. In hindsight my bike was a bit buckled but I was glad to have survived relatively unscathed. Over the years I have learned to be continually aware of the vehicles, bikes etc around me and I now expect them to do the unexpected at any moment.
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Make sure your bike is roadworthy. If your brakes aren’t working properly you may well endanger yourself or others. If you have cleats make sure you can use them safely saving the embarrassing but also dangerous tumble at a junction or hazard where you haven’t unclipped in time.
While cycling in London can be fun it is dangerous and you have to have your wits about you in order to stay safe. This means having every one of your senses performing at its very best at all times. I understand people wanting to listen to music but it is crazy to listen to music through headphones while cycling in city traffic. Hearing helps warn of a cyclist or other road user approaching sometimes before we see them. This advance warning can mean the difference between life and death for you or those around you.
Stay safe, stay alert, stay upright!
Keep on rolling.