When cycling, you need all your senses to keep you alert and safe on the road.
Distractions, such as wearing headphones and not looking properly, can cause cyclists to misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic and make unsafe manoeuvres.
- Be seen – wear bright colour clothes and ideally something reflective
- Make eye contact with drivers to make sure they have seen you
- Stop at junctions and look, look, look. If you’re not sure, wait
- Lookout for hazards such as loose gravel, pot holes, wet leaves or ruts in the road
- Wear a comfortable, well-fitting helmet. Arms and legs recover, heads often don't
- Carry emergency contact details with you
- If going on a long bike ride let someone know when you expect to return
- Keep tyres inflated: it makes for a smoother ride, means less effort to pedal and makes the bike easier to handle
- Do not ride at dusk or in the dark without cycle lights
- Use hand signals to show where you are going. Help drivers to help you
Cycling and walking have many health benefits and can connect people to places across Norfolk's network of quiet roads, trails and other public rights of way.
Walking and cycling offer solutions to the problems of traffic congestion in our towns and poor health in our society, contribute to an improved quality of life, a stronger economy and an enhanced environment. We have been working with our partners on a strategy to lead to a significant and sustained increase in cycling and walking in Norfolk, establishing both in the public’s mind as ‘normal’ transport – especially for short distances.
Norfolk’s cycle loan scheme, being run by AtoBetter, aims to give more people access to a bicycle and actively encourage more cycling, by offering 30 bicycles in both Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
Tax free bikes for work are available through the Government's Green Transport Initiative.
Cyclescheme is a provider of Cycle to Work schemes for UK employers of all sizes.
Dockless bikes are now available to hire in Norwich. Following a two-week free trial period from 31 October, charges will be about 50p per half-hour, with bikes available to pick up and drop off anywhere within a designated area. A series of hubs has also been set up in outer areas, including UEA, Norwich Research Park and County Hall, to give people the option of travelling to more places by bike. For full details, visit www.ofo.com or just download their app and go!