Top 10 Tips for Staying Safe in the Bike Lane

 

With increasing traffic on the roads, the bike lane can be a dangerous place. Here are Cute Injuries top ten tips for staying safe in the bike lane.

  1. If you can’t see them...

...They can’t see you, it doesn’t get simpler.

  1. Don’t be an amber gambler

Unless you are Sir Bradley Wiggins, trying to beat the lights is always a bad idea.

  1. Be careful around large vehicles

Accidents that occur between cyclists and large vehicles often have fatal consequences, so don’t be tempted to undertake a large vehicle as blind spots can make cyclists invisible to drivers.

  1. Look further ahead

Do more than the average cyclist and look ahead of your front wheel. To stay safer on the road make sure to glance forward and plan ahead to the next junction. Forward planning can give you time to react to upcoming hazards.

  1. Treat the Bike lane like any other lane

All that separates you from fast flowing traffic is a painted line and cars can graduate into the bike lane without even realising, so be vigilant and treat the bike lane like any other lane of traffic.

  1. Get rid of the headphones

Brunel University conducted a study in which they found cyclists to be up to 10% less responsive when listening to music. We all love to listen to music on our daily commute but your ears alert you to dangers, so It is essential to hear everything that is going on around you. Having said this, there is an argument for headphones creating a stimulating sensory environment that could enhance your cycling abilities but we would still advice you didn’t take the risk.

  1. Plan your route

If you’re riding in a city there is going to be a lot of traffic around you but planning ahead could find you quieter, safer roads.

  1. Be a boss in the cycle lane (when you need to be)

Everything you do, do it with purpose. Make sure you make your intentions clear and indisputable and make your actions deliberate and in a safe manner.

  1. Don’t kerb crawl

It may be tempting to hug the kerb in order to be further away from the traffic but being close to the kerb doesn’t give you enough time or space to correct any error.

  1. Assume car doors will open

The “Dutch Reach”, a practice of opening a vehicle door with your opposite hand so you have to reach across yourself, is being encouraged in the UK to make drivers open their doors slower and with more caution. Until this method of opening doors has gained popularity, it is good practice to be aware of drivers who will fling open their vehicle doors into the path of cyclists, the outcome of which surely isn’t pleasant. 

We hope these tips will help keep you safe, but if you have been injured in a cycle lane and it wasn’t your fault, why not give one of our expert advisers a call to see what your options are.

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