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CYCLING TO WORK TIPS

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Cycling to Work Tips

In reality, Cycling to Work is usually cheaper, more fun and often quicker than other forms of transport. There will be moments when not everything goes as planned, but like with anything, preparation is the key to success. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while Cycling to Work.

PLAN AHEAD AND PRACTICE THE ROUTE

Planning ahead and riding your route in advance is a great way to ease any stress on your first day commuting by Bicycle. There are plenty of good Cycling apps and route mapping tools, but apps such as Google Maps can also work well – just remember to change your transport mode from car to bike. Doing so enables it to work out a safer route.

We would usually suggest opting for a longer route on quieter roads, over a more direct route on busy ones. You want to make the journey as easy as possible. Once you think you have got the best route planned, it’s always worth having a practice run on a quiet day (usually a weekend). This gives you a chance to double-check everything with less pressure from traffic and means you won’t have to worry about directions on your first proper commute to work.

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BE SENSIBLE AROUND TRAFFIC

Though you have as much right to the road as any other road user, be sensible and don’t forget you are more vulnerable on a Bicycle than other vehicles on the road. Assume car doors will open and keep a good distance between yourself and parked cars.

Likewise, don’t ride in the gutter right next to the pedestrian walkway. It’s usually littered with potholes, debris and other stuff that could cause a puncture or a crash. It can also encourage drivers to attempt unsafe overtaking manoeuvres. Filtering through traffic is fine as long as it’s safe to do so, but be wary of putting yourself in drivers’ blind spots. Where possible, you should overtake on the driver’s side, but if you have to filter on the inside of a vehicle watch out for side roads and turns.

It’s also vital you take particular care around Lorries, trucks, buses and vans. These vehicles often have significantly larger blind spots, so you should never filter up the inside of them or get too close. Even if traffic is stationary, be patient and don’t take any risks.

DON’T FORGET YOUR LIGHTS

The main thing you need to know is it’s dangerous to Cycle on a public road after dark without lights and reflectors. Running lights in the daytime can also help you stay seen and stay safe. It can make a big difference to how visible you are on winter days because of fog.

If your lights take standard batteries, it’s advisable to carry spares. If you have rechargeable ones don’t forget to pack the charging equipment in your commuting bag so you can top them up at work, if necessary. We’d also advise storing a couple of small spare lights in your bag for emergency use. This set doesn’t have to be expensive, but you will be pleased you have it the day you or a colleague forgets lights or if the current one fails.

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Conclusion

These are our top tips for cycling to work. Once you get into the habit, you will learn all the tricks and become a hardened Bicycle Commuter in no time.

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