Being smart on the roads as a cyclist is paramount to ensure your safety. Experts advise that our children should learn road safety from an early age. Luckily, there are several organisations around to help, such as your local PCYC club.
This post is a road safety guide for bicycle riders in NSW.
Wear a Helmet
In NSW it is compulsory for bicycle riders to wear a helmet at all times while riding. If you’re caught breaking the rule by law enforcement, you will receive a fine on the spot. The fine can be a hassle but not as much of a hassle as spending weeks in a hospital from head injuries, and that is why this rule is a no brainer. Wearing a helmet in an accident increases your chances of surviving the fall.
Don’t Drink and Ride
Drink riding is against the law; the same as drink driving is against the law. Riding under the influence is a dangerous endeavour and can result in horrific accidents. You should be fully conscious and sober when riding, so all your senses are firing, and you’re awake and alert.
Stick to Designated Bike Paths
In most cities, the council has built civil infrastructures such as bike paths and zones, so bike riders have a safe place to commute. Always stick to these designated areas while riding to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.
Bicycle riders appear a lot smaller than cars on the road and drivers can have a tendency not to see them as easily. Therefore, you should always be alert and aware of your surroundings – keep an eye out especially for cars pulling out in front of you. As the old saying goes: look left, look right, look left again. You should do it twice if you are riding a bicycle.
Are you riding a well maintained, safe bicycle or is your bike a death trap on wheels?
It is important to service your bicycle regularly to ensure that everything is in working order. Always perform a safety check before you go on a long ride and ensure that you include testing the brakes.
There are courses available at community centres across Australia that teach you effective bicycle maintenance and road safety. Knowing how to maintain your bike relinquishes the need for a professional service, saving you money and it may even save your life.
Our roads can extremely busy and full of surprises, but we all have to use them, and that is why road safety is so important. It affects everybody on the road and following these rules can make all the difference.
For other fitness options, besides cycling, head down to your local PCYC and take a look at what is on offer – consider joining the boxing or gymnastic clubs for some added variety to your routine.