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See and Be Seen

It’s Road Safety Week and our staff have been showing their support by capturing their experiences of commuting by bicycle under the night sky.

Ensuring you can been seen as well as being able to see other commuters is crucial when sharing road space. So seeing beyond lights, reflectors, Hi-Viz and reflective clothing, how can our cycling also help other road users on the same bit of tarmac at this time of year?

Road positioning

Ride away from the gutter. Drivers predominately meet other motor vehicles on their journeys so their vision is usually drawn to the middle of their lane to watch out for these encounters.

We recommend finding a gap and riding in the middle of the lane when you need time and space to complete a manoeuvre or when you can match the speed of other road users on your journey. Not only does this put you in a driver’s direct line of vision, making you more visible to others but it also enables you to see more, helping your decision making during manoeuvres.

If you can afford to share space with other road users, we recommend riding roughly 1m away from the kerb to ensure your stay in the peripheral vision of other road users.

Commute with friends and/or colleagues

First and foremost, cycling with others is more fun and helps keep you motivated to cycle over the winter months.

During those dark rides, it also helps to make you more visible to other road users. The more cyclists in the group, the easier it is for other road users to identify you earlier, giving drivers more time and opportunity to react around you.

Two heads are also better than one. Having more eyes observing the road around you aids decision making helping you to spot others commuters earlier. This gives you more opportunity to communicate with them effectively.

Communicate in plenty of time

Be clear and bold. Communicate your intentions through eye contact, signalling and road positioning in plenty of the time. The earlier you communicate with others, the more time they have to react to your intentions, increasing the likelihood of you having more time and space to complete manoeuvres.

Route Planning

Where possible, think about the routes which you are going to enjoy most at this time of year. These normally include good cycle infrastructure, well-lit areas, residential roads and regularly used cycle commuter routes. What these usually have in common is low traffic volumes and increased visibility/sight lines for all users.

Cycle Training

We enjoy cycling in all conditions and love sharing our experience with cyclists of all abilities. For more information on our tailored adult sessions, please visit our webpage:

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