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Top tips for cyclist safety coming into brighter nights

By 21st May 2024 June 21st, 2024 Tips and Tricks
Stay safe as a cyclist

As the nights get brighter, it’s important to remember some top tips for cyclist safety.

According to the PSNI Northern Ireland Road Safety Report for 2023, 7.9% of those killed or seriously injured in Northern Ireland were pedal cyclists, resulting in 264 casualties.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Wear bright or reflective clothing: When cycling at night, wear bright or reflective clothing that will make you more visible to drivers.
  2. Use lights and reflectors: Make sure your bike has working lights and reflectors on the front, back, and sides. This will make you more visible to drivers in low light conditions.
  3. Follow traffic rules: Cyclists must follow the same traffic rules as drivers. This includes stopping at stop signs and traffic lights and signalling when turning.
  4. Use bike lanes and paths: If there is a bike lane or path available, use it instead of cycling on the road. If there is no bike lane or path, cycle on the side of the road and stay as far to the right as possible.
  5. Look both ways: Before crossing the road or making a turn, look left and right to check for oncoming traffic. Don’t assume that drivers will see you, even if you have the right of way.
  6. Avoid distractions: Avoid using your phone or other electronic devices while cycling, as this can distract you from your surroundings and make you more vulnerable to accidents.
  7. Be aware of your surroundings: Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep an eye out for pedestrians, other cyclists, and obstacles in your path.
  8. Teach children about cyclist safety: If you have children, teach them about cyclist safety and always supervise them when they are cycling near roads.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure your own safety and the safety of others while cycling at night.

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