Cycling is a healthy exercise with great fun. However, if you do not take appropriate safety precautions, the consequences can be very serious. Every year, a good number of cyclists are killed or seriously injured in traffic accidents. For your own safety, pay attention to the following tips before you take to the road :
Wear a suitable helmet properly. If fitted correctly, it would not tilt backward to expose your forehead, forward to cover your eyes or sideways to uncover the side of your head.
Wear protective pads on your elbows and knees. They could reduce the severity of injury to your limbs in case you fall from your bicycle.
Check and make sure your bicycle is in good condition.
Wear bright or light-coloured clothing during the day and reflective or fluorescent clothing at night or in poor visibility conditions.
Ride along the left side of the road and well clear of the kerb. Do not drift from side to side or zig-zag through traffic.
Keep a safe distance from any vehicles you are following ¡V they may stop suddenly.
Ride at a safe speed.
Always keep an eye for traffic signals, road signs and road markings.
Always keep an eye for signals from other road users.
Always keep an eye for obstacles on the road.
Always keep an eye for elders and children may not see you approaching.
Always keep an eye for parked cars. When passing a row of parked vehicles, be aware that doors may be opened suddenly in front of you.
Obey all traffic rules when cycling. A bicycle on the road is also a vehicle. The laws that apply to other drivers are applicable to cyclists alike.
Do not carry passengers.
Any articles carried should be light and small and placed in the basket or carrier firmly fitted to your bicycle.
Do not carry anything that blocks your vision or upsets your balance.
Always keep your hands on the handlebar and feet on the pedals.
You must ride in single file except when overtaking.
Do not be towed or held on to a vehicle or tow another bicycle or other vehicle.
Dismount and wheel your bicycle across the road when using the pedestrian or junction crossing.
Switch on the front white light and rear red light if you are cycling at night or in poor visibility conditions.