Become a well lit cyclist – It is a legal requirement to have both working front and rear lights when cycling on roads at night. To be visible to other road users, we suggest a blinking rear red light and a white strobed front light which will certainly get you noticed.
Light up your bike – Even though Christmas is around the corner, we’re not suggesting you light your bike up like a Christmas tree, but strategically placed lights will not only help make you visible at night, they will also assist in helping you see the road ahead, getting you home safely.
Mental mapping – When cycling in the day, try to keep a mental log of your journey to identify hazards along route so that during the evening when they are harder to see, you know they are there and can take the appropriate action.
Correct Tyre Pressure – Ensuring you have the correct tyre pressure will minimise the risk of getting a puncture. The last thing you will want to be doing on an evening is having to push your bike home, this will only leave you deflated!!! Good practice is to carry a bike pump at all times and puncture repair kit in case the unfortunate event occurs.
It’s always good to reflect on your journey home – Whilst hi-viz vests may not be cool or in fashion, they help get you seen. If a hi-viz vest is not for you, then there are plenty of other products available including, hi-viz rucksacks, rucksack covers, belts, snap trouser bands and arm strips. Be seen, that’s certainly ‘in vogue this year’
Wear a helmet – Coming off your bike is never fun and yes, it’s going to hurt… but preventable measures such as wearing a helmet will reduce the damage and as our parents always said, a helmet is always replaceable, your aren’t!!! Stick a helmet on your head and keep safe.
Appropriate clothing – With the evenings drawing in and a change in the weather, ensure you wear the appropriate clothing on your commute home in order to keep you dry and warm on those wintry nights. A light weight fleece under a cycle jacket and gloves are items most certainly worth having in your cycling attire.
Check the weather – Cycling is a safe activity, but be mindful of the weather particularly during the winter months. Snow, ice and strong winds can make cycling more challenging. Before your journey, check the conditions and be prepared to make your journey home by different means should the need arise.