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Ten steps to being safe on your bike.

IT'S GREAT for your health and the environment but as more people take to two wheels, the number of cycling casualties is also rising. There were 790 cycling injuries on Scotland's roads last year, including eight deaths and 148 seriously hurt.

seri Scottish Cycling has 10 road safety tips you should consider before taking to your bike.

Sayc byat ac 1. PLAN YOUR JOURNEY BEFORE YOU SET OFF If you have along ride ahead of you or if you are new to cycling and are likely to get tired before you reach your destination, alter your route to take this into account. Accidents commonly happen towards the end of a ride. 2. ANTICIPATE MOVEMENTS Some vehicles may need to stop quickly so leave enough distance between you and the vehicle ahead so that you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down or stops.

t 2M 3. THINK ABOUT YOUR ROAD POSITIONING To maximise your line of vision you are encouraged to cycle in the centre of the lane. 4. MONITOR YOUR SPEED AND USE YOUR BRAKES EFFECTIVELY It's great to use declines to build up some speed but, to ensure you are in control and able to avoid any oncoming vehicles in your path, cycle at a safe and consistent speed.

5. BE AWARE AND ANTICIPATE Always be aware of what is happening around you. This includes vehicles on the opposite side of the road that can cut across your path, vehicles waiting to pull out of minor roads into the major road and vehicles moving out into your lane to avoid parked cars or swerving to avoid hazards.

6. BE SEEN You should wear lightcoloured or fluorescent clothing in daylight and poor light conditions and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark.

7. COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER ROAD USERS Try to make eye contact with drivers/ pedestrians to check whether they have seen you. If the other road user is not looking at you, they may not have seen you!

8. AVOID FILTERING Filtering is a useful way for cyclists to get ahead of queueing traffic. However, you should be aware when filtering past junctions as vehicles travelling in the same direction as you may give way to oncoming right turning traffic, which may well be out of your line of sight. Be extremely careful if passing an HGV, LGV or other long vehicle on the inside. Avoid this if at all possible.

9. CHECK FOR A GAP IN THE TRAFFIC WHEN AVOIDING OBSTRUCTIONS If you can only avoid an obstruction by moving out into the flow of traffic, check over your right shoulder first to ensure you have room to move out. If a vehicle is travelling too close to you to allow this, slow down until you have a safe gap.

10. CROSS TRAMLINES AND LEVEL CROSSINGS SAFELY If you need to cross tramlines, do so slowly and as close to a 90 degree angle as possible to avoid your tyres slipping into the gap and becoming trapped.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 20, 2017
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