During recent years we have seen a dramatic increase in the use of bicycles in Dublin indeed throughout the country.
The introduction of Dublin Bikes, improvements in cycle paths and other initiatives have brought about a ‘two wheeled revolution’ in bike usage.
The recent bus strikes got even more people onto wheels and the Road Safety Authority have issued some helpful tips to reduce cyclist related road traffic accidents.
Cyclists are in the vulnerable road user category, so it is important for cyclists to follow these tips to keep themselves safe on the roads
- Wear Hi Vis clothing making you visible to other road users
- Wear lighting in the dark – white for front and red for rear
- Always wear a helmet, even if you’re travelling only a short distance
- Do not speed; it’s harder to stop and avoid surprises!
- Ensure you check that your brakes are working and tyres are inflated to the right pressure, this ensures you have a better grip on the road
- Use correct hand signals for changing lanes, allow other road users to know what you intend to do
- Never cycle on the footpath – uses the road or designated cycle lanes, remember the footpath is for pedestrians and cycling on footpaths can surprise pedestrians and cause accidents
- Ensure the bike is the right size for you – when sitting on the saddle both feet should touch the ground, arms should be able to reach the handlebars to allow you to brake safely
- Never weave in and out of traffic
- Never use a mobile phone while cycling, this can constitute careless or even dangerous driving and land you in court!
- Never wear ear phones while cycling
So enjoy the joys of cycling and keep safe.
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