The secrets to safe cycling

We have written a number of posts on safe cycling here on London Cyclist (7 mistakes you are making with your cycling and How to make your next bike ride safer than the last) and I’m glad to say they are always popular reads. This proves to me that you guys are interested in doing what you can to improve your safety on the roads. However, we have yet to provide things in an infographic, which potentially makes the tips easier to follow. Today, we’ve partnered up with Access Legal to bring you the below graphic. If you think your Twitter followers/Facebook friends/Redditors or Pintrest Amigos will find it of interest, share it around. You are also welcome to print it out (on the company printer when no one is looking) and pin in on an announcement board at work!

Update: If you would like to download a high resolution version to print out please click here (PDF).

Cycle Safety Tips – An infographic by the team at Access Legal.

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25 Responses to The secrets to safe cycling

  1. A cyclist 23/10/2012 at 12:47 am #

    I wouldn’t consult lawyers that can’t even write english properly.

    • Paul Draper 23/10/2012 at 7:50 am #

      Perhaps a bit of proof reading would help, a spell checker doesn’t go far enough.

    • Phil Russell 28/10/2012 at 3:01 am #

      Hmmm….talking of language, what’s that Budapest bike-theft vid all about? Reminds me of a weird dream I had once, and made just about as much sense. A GPS tracker in the bike maybe?

  2. Tony Barrett 23/10/2012 at 8:43 am #

    Thanks. Looks nice. Bit fuzzy to print. Can get a bigger file?

    • Andreas 23/10/2012 at 11:18 am #

      Let me see what I can do Tony.

      • Andreas 23/10/2012 at 2:15 pm #

        Will get a higher RES edition for tomorrow (along with correction to the spelling mistakes!)

  3. barton 23/10/2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Interesting – especially the hand signals. In the US, to turn left you put the left arm straight out. To turn right, you put the LEFT arm out, bent at the elbow, with the hand pointed to the sky. No wonder I got so many crazy looks (read: a few horns blaring) the last time I biked in London – my right turn signal was not correct.

    • Andreas 23/10/2012 at 6:02 pm #

      Pleased it’s been useful to you Barton! 🙂

    • Big Mike 26/10/2012 at 9:07 pm #

      I stick to pointing the direction I want to turn. 99% of drivers over here haven’t a clue as to what a cyclist riding down the road with their left arm in the air means.

  4. Big Softy 23/10/2012 at 2:42 pm #

    My number 1 tip: Assume all drivers are blind!

  5. Simon Wilcox 23/10/2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I’d change that first biker to something a little less “sportive” – it risks immediately putting off anyone who doesn’t identify with that group. Something a little more casual or commuter orientated is probably more in keeping with the target audience I would think.

    • Andreas 23/10/2012 at 6:03 pm #

      I think you are right Simon. We’ll be adding an updated version tomorrow. I’ll see if perhaps we could also change the top cyclist to something a little more everyday.

  6. Lance Bumstrong 23/10/2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Having nearly been TAKEN OUT (read killed) 3 times the other day. I’d say its car/van/truck drivers that need further education. Or better still- buses and taxis on the left, cyclist on the right, on certain roads, specifically ones crossing dangerous city centres. Cars can park, take a bus…or take a longer route AROUND. Thanks…Lance (Type2)

  7. Kenny 25/10/2012 at 10:00 am #

    Strange that I still see people cycling at night with no lights and usually wearing all black. I always have a light on at the front and back at this time of year no matter the time of day, and 2 at night. It also lets other cyclists see you and you see them particularly on the crowded blue super highways. Also noticed I seem to get a bit more respect from drivers since I bought one of those fluorescent HUMP covers for my rucksack.

    My other bug bear is drivers who pull up into the cycle boxes. TFL have recently put up a few posters urging drivers to keep out of them but a larger campaign is needed to also highlight it’s a £60 quid fine and 3 points on your license for doing this.

    • Lance Bumstrong 25/10/2012 at 10:13 am #

      That all black thing is popular in Edinburgh too. I’ve recommended to friends to wear a colour- ANY colour! Having said that, I did nearly get run over wearing a day-glo yellow jacket- after YELLING to stop the articulated truck from ACTUALLY running me over, I pulled on the vest- and said ” CAN”T YOU SEE THIS ???!!” It’s beyond belief.

    • Jonathan 27/10/2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Oh so good to see I’m not the only one worried about the wearing black thing!

      • Rob Elliott 09/11/2012 at 8:49 pm #

        I actually am one of the rider’s who wear’s dark clothing, however, I will say, I have a hi-vis bag cover on my back, and also front and rear lights (x2).

        I nearly had an accident with a woman barging past me while we were going past an island in Plymouth, my handlebar was actually leaning on her passenger window being dragged along, forcing me to bang the window.

        The thing is, that night inparticular, my rear was set to flash.

        No apology made, no excuses etc, just blanked. I wish now I’d taken her number plate, but all I wanted to do was get home.

        Just to add to this, my front lights consist of a steady beam for riding and a flashing safety light, my rear consists of the same, safety light on my helmet, however I’ve now since purchased (received and fitted today – thanks to LondonCyclist) the laser rear light, which puts the laser lines down over the rear wheel, to ensure I don’t have the same incident repeat itself.

        Although my attire is dark (rugby top and jogging bottoms), my bike and bag are bright enough for any driver.

  8. Tiva 26/10/2012 at 10:38 am #

    Grinding my usual axe:

    If you are involved in an accident with a pedestrian or other cyclist, the steps are the same as if it was a car. I would suggest you tweak the infographic a little to make this clearer.

    The section on accidents assumes that your accident will be with a car. This is not necessarily the case, specially in Central London. If you, as a cyclist, are injured on the road, no matter by whom – car, other cyclist, pedestrian, or even runaway pet – it is a recordable road traffic accident and needs to be reported to the police. I cannot stress this enough.

    • Greek Geeza 29/10/2012 at 11:03 am #

      I’ve had a dozen or so accidents cycling. Only two with a car, and they where the minor ones. The major accidents I’ve had are pedestrians that step out without looking and get collected at 15-22 MPH.

    • Dave 23/12/2012 at 10:14 am #

      Tiva I like your axe but am a bit underwhelmed by the police response “We don’t intend to prosecute, but if you pay us £10 we will give you their details and you can open a civil case against them. (After reporting a hit and run)

  9. Denzil 26/10/2012 at 11:01 am #

    London needs an amnesty. Cyclists obey the rules and drivers respect cyclists. A tall order, but achievable with the right level of high profile support. It will be a game- changer.

  10. Paul B. 26/10/2012 at 11:28 am #

    As an ex traffic cop I would recommend anyone involved in any collision to take as many photos as possible. Most people carry a mobile phone and the pictures are perfectly adequate. Other vehicle, driver, passengers, witnesses, damage to your bike, damage to other vehicle, position of vehicles, etc. The list is endless, so the more the better. Can be very useful to prove your point and even more useful to refute the exaggerated claims of the third party.

  11. Jonathan 27/10/2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Good to see. My bottom line i terms of approaching safety as a cyclist is that we are small and quiet and cars are big and make a noise. I can generally see and hear cars and try act as if anything could happen. I as well as all other cyclists and pedestrians are much harder see even for me on the bike, let alone a driver in car which is by nature restricted in view.

    Good to see signalling and looking behind flagged up, though I think looking behind could be emphasised more. Not only does it help you see what is behind you but it shows following vehicles that you are preparing to manoeuvre and gives them a more time to prepare. I often see a cyclist suddenly dart to the right in front of following vehicles only signalling as they start to move which is too late.

    A common confusion I had when returning to cycling was mini roundabouts particularly entering a roundabout – it helped when I learned my highway code a bit and realised that it was priority to the right..I know it sounds obvious but my confusion initially made negotiation much trickier and dangerous.

    Finally, I’ve found patience is a good thing to try and cultivate. I often find myself getting irritated with other road users and it really helps to just slow down and try to enjoy being out and about on the bike. I don’t need to rush past the next set of lights or pass the cyclist ahead of me. The route you cycle is important too. If you are not enjoying it then consider an alternative route which is quieter and more enjoyable if possible. I love my three day a week commute and realise I am lucky to have a generally lovely route (E17 to WC1) but realise it has its challenges.

    Thanks for your info I do find it helpful and interesting.

  12. Greek Geeza 29/10/2012 at 11:08 am #

    I know that there are inconsiderate drivers out there, but I’m always amazed at the proportion of inconsiderate cyclists I see on the roads. Had an argument today with a fellow cyclist. He’d been riding like a maniac, running red lights, cutting from one side of the road to the other without indicating or checking, undertaking HGV’s. Eventually he swerved from the left lane to the right without looking to overtake a stationary bus and almost went over the bonnet of a Toyota Prious that was in the right hand lane. He started arguing with the driver, asking him to pull over so they could discuss it, so I had to point out he was at fault.

    Absolutely amazed at the complete lack of regard for other road users.

    • Jonathan 02/11/2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Thanks Greek Geeza, started to think it was just me!!. I have seen so many cyclists shouting at cars or pedestrians, when actually they (the cyclist) have been at fault. A lot of the time it is because they are either going too fast (what’s the hurry?) for the situation (eg a junction) or simply not following the rules of the road…not stopping to see if pedestrians are about to cross, jumping lights, going on the inside of vehicles turning left, not signalling or looking when turning right….

      Yes, of course there are a lot of inconsiderate drivers out there, but at the moment on my route at least, I don’t think a lot of my fellow cyclists are very good pr for own our case.

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