Cycling to School
Cycle Smart - Cycle Safe
There are all sorts of dangers on the road – so make sure you’re ready before you roll.
- Use your head - Don’t even think about getting on a bike unless you’re wearing a helmet. If you are involved in an accident they provide vital protection for your head.
- Bright ideas – It’s amazing what a difference a fluorescent or a reflective strip can make. Check your front and back lights are working and that your back reflector is clean.
- Stop – Before you start of on a journey, you must always check that your brakes are working properly.
- Size wise – If your bike is to big or to small it can affect your balance. And if you are carrying anything, put it in a proper bike bag or pannier.
- Road code – Before you cycle on a road, make sure you have done some cycle training. Once on the road, you must follow the Highway Code. That means stopping when traffic lights are red and allows allowing people to cross at zebra crossings.
- Don’t be daft – Don’t mess about on roads or anywhere near cars – it’s just not clever.
- Hear, hear – Put a bell on your bike and let everyone know you are coming.
With thanks to the Department for Transport.
How should I wear my helmet so it protects my head properly?
- The helmet should have a Safety Standard such as BS EN 1078 SNELL CERTIFIED.
- It should not obstruct your ability to see clearly or cover your ears.
- It must be a snug fit and should remain secure on your head.
- It needs to be positioned squarely on the head, sitting just above the eyebrows and NOT tilted back or tipped forwards.
- The straps should be securely fastened and not twisted, with only enough room for two fingers to be inserted between chin and strap.