- Know the road rules.
Under the Road Rules, bicycles are considered to be vehicles and riders must obey traffic signals, stop signs and give way signs. Apply peer pressure on cyclists disobeying road rules
- Ride no more than two abreast.
Legally you may ride two abreast, but when the traffic is congested or on undulating roads, with unbroken white lines, it is safer to ride single file.
- Be predictable.
Ride evenly with no lateral movement. Make clear, early hand signals.
- Take care at intersections.
Never take for granted drivers see you all the time. Make eye contact with drivers before moving ahead. Travel at a speed that you can either stop or take evasive action if needed. At roundabouts, look for gaps in traffic and occupy the whole lane.
- Stay alert.
Concentrate and anticipate! Keep a lookout for obstacles in your path and be aware of the traffic around you. Warn other cyclists of impending dangers early and clearly
- Maintain your bike.
Make sure your bicycle is adjusted properly and wheels securely fastened. Always check brakes before riding.
- Be seen.
Wear bright coloured clothing and turn your lights on when it gets dark. Avoid night riding if you can.
- Stay within the lane.
In designated bike lanes, keep your handlebars within the line, wherever possible.
- Stay calm.
Do not respond to antagonistic behaviour, if needed call the police.
- Pass parked cars safely.
Allow 1 metre clearance when riding past parked cars, and watch out for car doors opening.
- Make a connection.
Most drivers do the right thing. Thank them and acknowledge good behaviour.
Think about drivers and their needs as well. Set a good example for everyone’s benefit and ride defensively. Show respect and courtesy to motorists and you will get it back as well.