SEGURIDAD CICLISTA. Los 5 consejos principales para ciclistas

CYCLE SAFETY. Top 5 tips for cyclists

🕶️🔎‼️1. Make good and frequent looks around

Make sure you know who else is around you and how far away they are.

Be aware of potential hazards.

📍🟡 2. Choose the most suitable driving position for each point of your journey

You should stay at least 0.5 meters from the curb (and further where safer) when traveling on busy roads with vehicles moving faster than you.

You may ride in the center of your lane, known as the "primary position," on quiet roads, in slow traffic, and when approaching junctions or narrowing roads.

🚴🚴If you are traveling with other people, you can travel in pairs, especially in larger groups or when accompanying children or less experienced cyclists.

At junctions without separate facilities for cyclists, you should position yourself as if you were driving a motor vehicle: position yourself in the center of your chosen lane, where you feel able to do so safely, to make yourself as visible as possible and avoid being passed.

🚴🚴🚴People riding bicycles are asked to be aware of those behind them and allow them to pass (for example, moving single file or stopping) when it is safe to do so.

🚗🚲Be careful when passing parked vehicles, leave enough space (the width of a door or 1 meter) to avoid being hit if a car door is opened, and watch out for pedestrians crossing your path.

🛣️🚲Use the bicycle infrastructure where it makes your trip safer and easier. This will depend on your experience and skills and the situation at the time. While such facilities are provided for safety reasons, bicyclists may exercise their discretion and are not required to use them.

 3. Communicate intentions clearly to others

📢🔔If there are other road users, you can signal to show them what you plan to do, make eye contact where possible.

 4. Understand priorities along the way

⤴️⤵️↩️ When turning onto or off a side street, you must give priority to people crossing or waiting to cross. As part of the road user hierarchy, those who can cause the most harm have a greater responsibility to reduce the risk they may pose to others.

🚴🚏⚠️When you ride your bike head-on at an intersection, you have priority over traffic waiting to enter or exit a side street, unless signs or road markings indicate otherwise.

🚫⛔🚸 You can pass slow or stationary traffic to your right or left. You should proceed with caution as people driving may not be able to see you.

🚦🚏You must obey all traffic signs and traffic lights.

 5. Prepare yourself with the equipment

💡🔦Always use your lights after dark or when visibility is poor.

🚴🎽Light colored or fluorescent clothing can help other road users see you in daylight and low light, while reflective clothing and/or accessories (belts, bracelets or anklets) can increase your visibility in the dark.

You should avoid clothing that could get caught on a chain, a wheel, or obscure your lights when you ride a bike.

🪖⚠️ Wear a correctly adjusted bicycle helmet, well attached and in accordance with current regulations.

🏫Your local town hall and other popular online apps can help you plan your trip by providing maps that show unique routes and roads.

You should consider improving your cycling by accessing cycling training opportunities in your area such as private or council-funded training with a qualified cycling instructor.

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