Cycling Safety

Off Road Cycling Safety

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. We encourage responsible mountain biking and ask that all cyclists use this special area with care and understanding.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) launched ‘Rules of the Trail’ in 1988 to educate mountain bikers and provide a guide to responsible riding;


Respect the Landscape

Respect your local environment. Stay on the trail and leave no trace. Do not ride muddy trails because it causes rutting, widening and damage to the trail.

Share the Trail

Most of the trails we ride are multi-use. Mountain bikers yield to horses and foot traffic, and descending riders yield to climbing riders. Always Be Nice. Say Hi.

Ride Open Legal Trails

Please keep to durable trails, using either bridleways (blue arrow), byways (red arrow) or vehicular tracks (fire-roads and Land Rover tracks) in order to minimise impact on sensitive habitats. Building illegal trails is detrimental to the environment and can also seriously injure other trail users.

Ride in Control

Be aware of your speed and other trail users. If you need to pass, slow down, ring a bell or verbally announce yourself, and wait until the other trail user is out of the path. Use extra caution around horses. Be extra aware when riding trails with poor sight lines and blind corners, and make sure you can hear what’s going on around you.

Plan Ahead

Be prepared and self-sufficient. Every mountain biker should carry what they need for the ride and know how to fix a flat tire and make minor repairs. Download a GPS trail app on your phone for navigation or carry a map in unfamiliar locations. Ride with a partner or share your riding plan with someone if you’re heading out solo.

Mind the Animals

Watch out and be respectful to wildlife.

We encourage responsible mountain biking and ask that all cyclists use this special area with care and understanding. Click here to view our Surrey Hills mountain bikers ‘code of conduct’.

Road Cycling Safety

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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