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    Cycle Safe at all times  and if going on a long ride pack some spare batteries just in case. Dynamo-driven lights are legal even if they go out when you stop. Some now have a ‘lag’ that keeps them lit for a short time when you stop. For further guidance, check out the CTC website.

    Front Lights One white light is required, positioned centrally or offside, up to 1500mm from the ground, aligned towards the front. If capable of emitting a steady light it must conform to BS6102/3 or an equivalent EC standard. Flashing lights must emit at least 4 candela.

    Rear Lights One red light is required, positioned centrally or offside, between 350mm and 1500mm from the ground and visible from behind. Non-flashing lights must conform to BS3648, or BS6102/3 (or an equivalent EC standard). Flashing lights must emit at least 4 candela. 

    1. Unpredictable Drivers Beware when a car is driving parallel to your right and turns left without indicating. Always, assume this will happen and be ready to brake or take action. And regularly check your brakes are working – if not get them fixed ASAP.
    2. Obey The Laws Of The Road Unfortunately some cyclists’ worst enemies may not be a big lorry or the bus but fellow cyclists, always look out for other cyclists who jump red lights as you cross junctions, or pull out without looking and generally behave unpredictably. Some militant cyclists do believe they own the road and take a lot of risks, which can be hazardous for the rest of us
    3. Never Undertake Many cyclist deaths or injuries come from vehicles turning left onto cyclists which they can’t see. Being on the inside of any vehicle especially large lorries and buses is a bad place to be. Either overtake the lorry on the right-hand side, if safe, or slow down and let it get a comfortable and visible distance ahead of you – keep your wits about you when you are on the road and make sure you are seen.
    4. Keep tyres inflated fully It’s amazing the difference a few PSI’s make to your tyres. Keeping your tyres well-above 50 PSI makes you go faster and ride safer – cornering is much easier. It pays to get a good pump, preferably an up-right track pump with a gauge, keeping a hand-pump in your backpack for emergencies. It’s often a good idea to carry a spare inner tube and tools to replace flat tyres especially on longer rides. Check the spec on your tyres for the optimum psi.
    5. Be Seen ‘Be seen, be safe’, should be all cyclists’ motto. Lights, whilst essential and legally required when riding at night, are maybe not as visible as the luminous jackets with fluorescent strips, which cyclists have adopted from builders and workmen. Prices start from only £1 and the brighter clothing the better.
    6. Take the scenic route If you can afford to add a few minutes to your daily ride, you’ll most probably enjoy a quieter and safer journey by taking the back roads, cutting across parks and common land and taking advantage of the myriad of alleys and passageways that weave their way throughout this compact city. Plus it’s a much more pleasurable ride, taking the river route or going via the fens.
    7. On narrow roads and roundabouts, occupy the middle Many inner city streets have cars parked on both sides and frequently not enough room for two cars to pass. The result is anyone overtaking you in a car will be dangerously close. Take the sensible option and ride in the middle of your lane, making it clear to drivers behind that they’ll just have to wait. Do the same at roundabouts. You’ll get the odd blast of a horn, but it’ll be much safer.
    8. Don’t lose it ‘Cycle-rage’ is getting more common and is often appealing but obviously the wrong response to a driver cutting you up. Resist the temptation to put two-fingers up: you’ll lose the moral high-ground and maybe get yourself into trouble.
    9. Put that helmet on It’s still very much the exception but wearing a helmet is crucial to cycling safely. In the near future the UK, or the European Union, will follow the lead of Australia, Sweden and many US States in making helmets mandatory. Head versus tarmac: there is only one winner.
    10. Mind the pot-holes Last but not least is avoid the pot holes, which have increased dramatically since the cold snap, and other debris, especially glass, a problem which seems to get worse and worse. Of course when swerving to avoid these dangers be aware of fellow road-users and if possible report the problem to the Council. You can also report any wheel-buckling or groin-jolting pot holes to www.fillthathole.org.uk
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