In this featured video, GCN (Global Cycling Network) is going to give you tips on how to ride in a city.
Here’s what GCN will cover on how to ride in a city
Riding your bike in the city can be tricky. Traffic is not always easy to negotiate and is often intimidating for cyclists. In this video, Hank explains how you can become more confident riding in the city. As well as how to make sure you stay safe and enjoy getting around the city by bike!
This post will briefly mention the 9 following tips, and will be explained in more detail in the featured video.
Before you set off make sure whatever bike your riding is well maintained and in good working order. Check your brakes, your tire pressure, and your gears.
Keeping your bike in tip top shape will make sure you don’t get distracted by any squeaks or rattles. Once you’ve done all that, than you can hit the streets.
Equip your bike with front and rear lights, especially during the winter. But you can also do this in the summer. This will help you be visible during night riding and also daylight hours. It’s also helpful if you leave your lights on the bike so you never forget to bring them.
Finding Your Way
The biggest fear with city riding is getting lost. If you can find a friend or colleague to follow, then do so. Otherwise, stop when it’s safe and check a map for directions.
Signal To Others
Positive engagement with other road users will insure you’re spotted easier, and will make your safer at junctions. Just make sure you signal clearly and make eye contact.
The best piece of advice Hank gives you is don’t be erratic and ride unpredictably. Ride smoothly and in a straight line, so other road users know what you’re doing.
Take the cycle lane if it’s safe to do so. If not, don’t ride too close to the gutter, because that will encourage cars to overtake you too closely. When riding in the lane, take enough of the lane to give yourself enough space to avoid pot holes and parked cars.
Be careful when around big vehicles such as buses and trucks. It’s hard for them to see you when you creep up behind or alongside them.
Give them a lot of space, especially while they’re turning. And make sure you can see them and the driver can see you.
City surfaces can get oily and slippery, especially during wet conditions. There’s also a lot of different surfaces such as cobble streets, concrete and even tarmac.
When riding in wet conditions make sure you avoid the white lines, yellow lines, and extra careful while cornering.
While bicycle commuting, it’s easy to get competitive with other cyclists. Don’t race! Leave the racing to the track and instead take your time and enjoy your commute. This way you won’t arrive at your destination all sweaty, and will enjoy your commute way more.
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