There are new ways of getting around with new cycle paths, pedestrian crossings and bus routes adding to the vibrancy of our city.
With an increase in the number of people choosing to cycle to get around, awareness, respect and courtesy are key behaviours that will help people get where they’re going safely.
Here are a few general tips to help things go smoothly:
- Take care when merging, signalling your intention to merge where possible
- Control your speed at all times so you can react effectively if an unexpected situation arises suddenly
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times and especially alert when travelling through road works where narrowed lanes are being shared by people using different transport modes and travelling at varying speeds
- When driving, windscreens and windows should be clear and clean to minimise impaired visibility from sunstrike, frost or condensation
- When cycling, make some extra checks around intersections where people driving may be turning across cycle lanes at the same time that you are heading straight on
- During the change of seasons, be prepared with good, working lights on your bicycle so you don’t get caught out as it gets dark or on a dull day
- Bicycle lights in flashing mode are more noticeable and use less battery power
- To be more noticeable when cycling, use reflectors, reflective strips and reflective ankle bands which also help to secure loose clothing
- If wearing a backpack, using a fluoro cover with reflective strips can help make you more visible
- Is your high-visibility clothing still bright and easily seen when cycling? It can fade over time so check if it needs updating