Cycling is affordable, fun and a great way to stay fit and healthy - as well as a convenient means of getting around. And the more people who cycle, the fewer vehicles on our roads. The fewer vehicles, the less harmful gases get emitted as well as less traffic noise and pollution.
An important thing to remember is, that as road user, you must follow the road rules and you must also wear an approved safety helmet.
Cycling offers you many benefits. It’s a great form of exercise, it’s an affordable way of getting around and it can help you beat the frustrations of traffic congestion. However, it does require a certain amount of skill.
If you’re not experienced at riding in traffic, take the time to build your confidence on quieter roads. Practice your skills and plan your route to make use of cycle lanes or streets with less traffic and speeds of under 50 km/h. If possible, find an experienced cycling friend or colleague to ride with.
Be aware! Motorists may not always see you
Even though you can see motorists - often they may not see you on the road. Remember to look around as you ride. Before manoeuvring, make eye contact with the oncoming driver or the driver of the car following you. Eye contact ensures that they've seen you and will be more likely to react to your signalling and accommodate your movements on the road.
You need to take even more precautions at night or in low light conditions - make sure you light up and wear hi-visibility gear.
Cycles: Road rules and equipment
Cyclists share the roads with motor vehicles. If you are a cyclist, then for your own safety, and the safety of other road users, you must follow the road rules for cycle riders, and you must have the right equipment.