As a result of a somewhat drunken conversation with my Dad about 18 months ago my husband has steadily become something of a “cogger”. They had agreed to do the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride together – some 70 or so miles from Wetherby to Filey – last summer. I don’t think either of them really knew at the time that they would become quite passionate about cycling.
Dave now cycles part of his journey to work several times a week but, much to my relief, is by his own admission a “fair weather cyclist” – I can’t say I’m not worried about him on his bike and if the weather is bad this is just emphasised. (Selfishly looking after three children under five is flipping hard work so I need him in one piece!)
Eversure very kindly sent him a new high vis vest and LED bike lights to aid my mission to keep him safe & a number of cycle safety tips for me to share:
* Always cycle with traffic, on the correct side of the road, never cycle into traffic, even if the roads are quiet.
* Don’t cycle on the pavement (unless marked for cyclists)
* Always have front (white) and rear (red) lights fitted to your bike, and check that these work before setting off.
* You should wear light coloured clothes / hi vis / reflective clothing always when cycling in low visibility, not just at night
* Don’t overload a rucksack or backpack, you could reduce your ability to maintain your balance.
* Ride predictably, decisively, in a straight line, and well clear of the kerb
* Always look and signal clearly – you can get electronic signals reasonably cheaply
* Don’t use a mobile phone or earphones
* Wear a properly fitting crash helmet.
* Make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you
Dave is now training ready for this year’s Great Yorkshire Bike Ride in June – I will be looking forward to my fish and chips at the seaside afterwards!