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FAQ – Cyclist

Isn’t cycling dangerous?

It’s far less dangerous than many think. There are no more fatalities per million miles for cycling than there are for walking.  For young people, especially young men, there is a lower risk of dying while cycling than driving. Training will help you be even safer.

Still not convinced? Check out this great article.

Isn’t today’s traffic too fast and busy?

No. National cycling casualties today are around a third less than the 1994-98 average and there are even more people cycling – an increase of more than 10% from 2007-2008.

A trained and assertive cyclist reduces the risk even further.

You can read some great tips here.

Isn’t it safer to ride on the pavement?

Cycling on pavements can make you more vulnerable at junctions and when crossing entrances and driveways. Drivers tend to only look for traffic on the road and don’t expect bikes to appear from the pavement. If you don’t feel confident riding on road a couple of hours’ training can make all the difference.

Won’t cycling take too long?

Not always. Sometimes it can shorten your travel time – depending on your journey and the traffic levels. For short urban journeys a cyclist, even a steady one, can often keep up a higher average speed than cars stuck in queues. Filtering safely in busy traffic is a specific skill so some training is recommended.

How will I know where to ride?

Many towns and cities have cycling maps printed with details of cycling facilities and quieter roads. There are also online maps and route planning websites. Talk to other cyclists as they will often have local knowledge or book some training and pick your instructors’ brains.

Here is an external link to a Journey Planner

Will I arrive all hot and sweaty?

It depends how fast you want to go! If you leave yourself enough time it need not be any harder than a gentle stroll. If you need to rush or want more exercise, see if there are changing or showering facilities at your destination.

Doesn’t it rain all the time?

No. Met Office statistics show that it only rains during commuting times on 5% of work days. It is even less during the summer. Roads remain wet after it stops raining so good mudguards and a jacket are worth having.

Do I have to wear lycra?

Wear what you are comfortable in. Avoid anything that restricts movement or vision. Thick seams around the saddle area can be uncomfortable. Dress to be a bit cool for the start of the ride as you will warm up.

Avoid dark colors that will make you blend into the background.

Will I need an expensive bike?

When cycling less is often more. A bike should fit you and be as simple as it can for the job. For road riding suspension is not necessary and most people will only regularly use one or two gears. To be legal you must have two working brakes, a red rear reflector, amber pedal reflectors and lights in the dark.

Check out the local bike workshop for help and information.


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