When it comes to cycling, many bike enthusiasts will say that their favourite route is their commute to work. Whether it’s to give you a boost of energy in the morning or you use it as your chance to un-wind after a stressful day, there’s no doubting that cycling to work is a fantastic way to commute.
However, as just 9% of Brits opt to bike to work, you may not spot many cyclists when you’re completing the route. This, combined with the fact that roads tend to be busier throughout rush hour too means that if you’re not wary, you may be more prone to accidents.
In this guide, we’ve shared the four safety tips that you should keep in mind when completing your cycling commute, as well as what you should do if you’re involved in a collision:
The chances are, if you’re rushing to work after spending an extra 15 minutes in bed, you’ll feel much more chaotic on the road. Your brain won’t be focused and you could make silly mistakes, causing you to be involved in an accident.
The most important thing to remember when planning a cycling commute is you should always allow yourself enough time. Not only does it also make the route safer, but eliminating the rush can make the ride much more enjoyable!
As mentioned in the Highway Code, cyclists should always have fully-functioning front and rear lights when cycling between sunrise and sunset. If you’ve got a particularly early start, having these on your bicycle will make you more visible on the road.
You may also find that you need to use your lighting features in Winter months where the days are much shorter.
You’re not alone if you’d prefer to spend an extra few minutes in bed rather than make some breakfast before commuting by bike. However, getting up earlier and making a nutritious breakfast can help you to be more alert on your route when cycling to work.
Plus, if you continually get distracted by a rumbling stomach, it can affect your concentration on the road.
Once you’ve gotten to work, the last thing you want to do is come back to the spot in which you left your bike, only to find that it’s done a disappearing act.
Finding a safe and secure place to store your bike is crucial, so get a padlock and a space in the public eye to prevent it from being stolen. You may want to find specialist bike storage places near your office.
Hopefully this article will explain why cycling forms a great method of commuting by bike, but you should always be aware of the dangers can could present themselves whilst sharing the road with vehicles and motorists.
If you’re unfortunately involved in a cycling accident that was through no fault of your own, remember that you may be entitled to make a bike accident claim.