“You’re courageous!” When you explain that you ride a bicycle to work, most people’s first response will be something along these lines. Is it truly putting your life in danger to ride a bike to work every day? Although this is not the case, investigating more ways to improve safety is certainly not a waste of time.
“Minority status generates dread,” as stated by John Franklin, the author of Cyclecraft, which is a handbook to safety riding for both adults and children of all ages. John is an expert in the field of bike safety first skills, and he is of the opinion that the perception of the danger associated with riding does not correspond with the real risk. He claims that “nothing in life is completely risk free,” and I agree with him. “what really matters, not just the dread of danger, but how that risk is managed” When you commute to work on a bicycle, you need to learn how to manage risk by being more aggressive and behaving like traffic on the road. This will ensure that other people who use the road will regard you to be traffic.
Learn how to exert your influence on other drivers on the road, which will mostly be accomplished by the manner in which you ride and the location at which you assume a position on the road. Ride so that you can prevent other people from placing you in danger. For instance, when you are approaching a side road where a lot of traffic will turn left and someone is driving significantly behind you, it is likely that the driver will attempt to pass you, cut across, and turn left in front of you. This will happen especially if the side road is on the same side of the road as the main road. Your goal is to ride your bike in such a manner that offers you more room, to move a little wider so that the driver is forced to go wider around you; this will make their maneuver more difficult, which will result in a much lower possibility of their accomplishing it; and to move a bit more slowly.
It is really important to have a good position on the road. If you learn to think like a motorist and position yourself in that manner, you will become a part of the traffic and will no longer be an annoyance or inconsequential just because you are hugging the curb. The location in the center of the traffic lane is, of course, the most desirable one. What you are doing is trying to encourage other people who are using the road to acknowledge the fact that you are also using the road and not something that they can just ignore. They are going to have to think about what you are doing to them. The dread of riding on crowded roads may be rationally addressed by enrolling in a course that teaches cycling skills; this releases the shackles and restores confidence by teaching more effective ways to cycle safely.
When riding a bicycle, riding with self-assurance and assertiveness will almost always make you safer.
Check out the following ’8′ tips for safer commuter cycling
- Familiarize yourself with the relevant abilities.
Education on how to ride bicycles in today’s world isn’t only geared at children.
Children and adults alike will find the self-help book Cyclecraft to be an invaluable resource for riding bicycles in a way that is both safe and enjoyable. You will receive actionable advice on how to ride a bicycle with self-assurance and safety in today’s more challenging traffic conditions, regardless of whether you are new to biking, trying to expand your skills, or wondering how to teach your children to cycle. This is helpful whether you are a beginner, trying to expand your skills, or wondering how to teach your children to cycle.
What you can expect to learn during your Cyclecraft training:
Beginning, and there is specialized assistance available for parents
Advice on selecting the right bicycle and ensuring that it is appropriately adjusted
Essential abilities for riding a bicycle, such as maintaining good balance, steering, and changing gears
Acquire the skills necessary to coexist with other road users and effectively integrate.
Develop your abilities and strategies for safely navigating quicker traffic on routes with more vehicles.
Guidelines that will be useful for traveling in groups, moving our children, and lugging our belongings
- Get out of the gutter and quit standing on the curb.
Make sure that you are at the very least 50 centimeters away from the curb at all times, and preferably farther. Positioning oneself in the main position, often known as the center of the lane, is a move that is performed with the intention of gaining control of the next lane. You will become more apparent to other drivers if you do this, which will require them to pass you in an appropriate manner; otherwise, they will have to wait until the road conditions are safe before they can do so.
Because you are a member of the road traffic, you should behave as if you are, which means you should get out of the gutter.
- Keep a watchful eye out for other drivers.
You may be sure that another motorist has noticed you and has acknowledged your presence when you establish eye contact with them. Be sure to gaze straight at them with intent throughout the interaction. You are concerned about whether or not they have observed you. By taking that step, you eliminate the opportunity for someone to apologize and say, “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you.” This is something that you should always perform for every move, whether you are turning right or driving up to an intersection. It is important to remember to constantly do this.
- Maintain a cheerful attitude and provide forth visible signals that you mean what you say.
Signaling is done so that you may make known to others what it is that you plan to perform. You are not requesting permission from the other people who are using the road; rather, you are ensuring that it is crystal apparent what you are about to do and where you are going. Always make sure you’re looking over your shoulder the right way and early enough to allow yourself enough time to shift your position on the road in a way that is both smooth and predictable. If there is traffic trailing behind you, ensure that you establish direct eye contact with the vehicle in front of you, and then provide a clear signal before beginning your move.
- Establish yourself as a presence on the roundabouts.
When entering a roundabout and while you are traveling on it, you are less visible to other vehicles on the road. As a result, you have an obligation to alert the people who are driving on the road that you are there. Take the lane, the one that is designated for you as you approach, and also take the lane that is designated for you on the roundabout. When you are leaving the roundabout, check the exit lane, check the cars behind you, signal, and then leave the roundabout via the exit.
- Maneuvers at the traffic signal
Do not run the red light since it will make the other drivers on the road very angry. Just take up your lane and wait behind the stop line (if there is one). If there isn’t a stop line, just wait behind the line that indicates the end of the road. You will avoid being left hooked by a car turning left at the traffic lights if you do this because vehicles won’t be able to squeeze past you, which is hazardous, and they won’t be able to squeeze past you.
- Filtering guidelines
It is safer to pass on the left since it provides greater sight. Only ever filter on the inside of stopped traffic, and even then, only if you are really careful to watch out for doors being opened and watch out for people crossing, and move along the inside slowly at more of a walking speed. Never, ever try to squeeze your way into a lengthy car that is in front of you. The driver won’t be able to see you, and you might be killed. After you have passed through the area, resume your place in the lane you were originally in.
- Making slip roads safer
At the point where the slip road starts to join your road, carefully move over to join the slip road within the hatch marks and then ride down the slip road to rejoin the main road. If required, pause your riding and get out of the way if you need to.
When you reach an exit slip road, you should stay on the slip road until you reach the main road again and may safely merge back into it at the hatch markers.
What other options do we have?
Even if having excellent bike technique is a crucial component of remaining safe on the roads, it is not the sole solution to the problem.
The first step is for motorists to become more mindful of the cyclists who share the road with them. Increasing the number of cycle lanes will make commuting by bike more secure, which will lead to an increase in the number of individuals who ride their bikes to work. This offers a variety of advantages, including those pertaining to one’s health and one’s finances. In addition, an increase in the number of people who commute to work by bicycle would lead to a decrease in the number of people who drive their automobiles to work. This would lead to a reduction in traffic congestion and would make our roads safer.