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What you need to know as a cyclist

A2 POSTER FAW HIGH RES11. Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximize your visibility and your view of potential hazards

2. If you ride in a vehicles blind spot, you will be invisible to the driver. This is particularly true of large vehicles – such as lorries who have the largest blind spots.

3. The relatively slower speed of bicycles means that you will be closer to a point of collision if a vehicle begins to pull into their path. Turn this to your advantage – when passing junctions, look at the head of the driver that is approaching or has stopped. The head of the driver will naturally stop and centre upon you if you have been seen. If the driver’s head sweeps through you without pausing, you must assume that you have not been seen and expect the driver to pull out!

4. Recognise the risk of not being seen – hi contrast clothing can help as can flashing LED’s where the on-off flashing attracts the peripheral vision. Bright colours can help but will depend on your riding environment.

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