Cycling is great fun and an excellent way to experience rural Gloucestershire. Here are a few simple tips to stay safe when sharing a rural road.
- Plan your route, carry a map if required, sufficient water/food and basic tools for repairs.
- Check your bike before you start – brakes, tyres, chain, lights and reflectors.
- Watch and listen for approaching vehicles, pedestrians, farm animals, potholes and other potential hazards.
- Know how to safely approach railway crossings, roundabouts, crossroads, descents, one lane bridges and loose gravel roads.
- Try not to hold up the flow of traffic – if necessary, pull over to allow vehicles to pass.
- Signal your intentions clearly and keep to the left.
- Wear high visibility or brightly coloured clothing. Use front and rear lights at night, in low light and rain.
- Ride to the conditions and cycle no more than two abreast. Ride single file on corners, hills and roads with less than 200 metres visibility.
- Leave space between cyclists in front of you and communicate any upcoming obstacles on the road to cyclists behind you.