If you follow some simple road safety advice the roads don’t have to be a dangerous place to cycle.
Tips for cycling on roads
1. Cycling safely
- Follow the Highway Code – don’t jump red lights and don’t cycle on the pavement unless it’sadesignated cycle path;
- In wet weather watch your speed as surfaces may be slippery and it will take you longer to stop;
- Ride positively, decisively, and well clear of the kerb;
- Consider wearing a helmet;
- Keep your bike roadworthy.
2. Make sure motorists can see you
- Ride in a position where you can see and be seen;
- Use lights and consider wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially in towns, at night and in bad weather;
- Make eye contact with other road users, especially at junctions, then you know they’ve seen you;
- Signal clearly at all times;
- Use your bell – not all pedestrians can see you.
3. Be aware of vehicles
- Many collisions occur when a cyclist is on the inside of a vehicle which is turning left. Don’t assume the vehicle is going straight ahead just because it isn’t signalling left. Always avoid ‘undertaking’ any vehicle in this situation – it’s better to hang back until the vehicle has moved off.
- Never cycle along the inside of large vehicles, such as lorries and buses, especially at junctions, where most accidents happen.
- When turning left, a lorry will often pull out to the right first, creating a wide gap between the vehicle and the kerb. Many cyclists think it’s safe to ride into this space, but this is a dangerous place to be as the gap quickly disappears when the lorry swings around to the left.
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Tips for cycling off roads
- The Surrey Hills is a regional centre for Mountain Biking. The Greensand Hills of Leith Hill and the Hurtwood, in particular are seen as offering some of the best mountain bike terrain for extensive off-road cycling in the country.
One of the major areas in the Surrey Hills for mountain biking is the Hurtwood. The area is actively managed to give the best experience to mountain bikers. Regular maintenance work is carried out on trails and many new ones are created. The area is managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood, click here to find out more.
We encourage responsible mountain biking and ask that all cyclists use this special area with care and understanding. Click here to view our mountain bikers ‘code of conduct’.