Be seen – ride in prominent positions where other road users can see you. Do not weave in and out of traffic. When riding at night, wear reflective clothes or use reflective tape on your clothing, bags and equipment.
Communicate – Give hand signals when turning.
Make eye contact – Make eye contact with drivers of cars around you. Acknowledge with a wave and smile. This will guarantee that you have been seen.
Watch for car doors – Don’t rely on car drivers and passengers to see you. Be alert and ride with caution in the door-opening zones of cars.
Watch out for pedestrians – Slow down, use your bell and be ready to stop suddenly when riding near pedestrians. Pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way on shared paths.
Be careful in the wet – Take care when cycling in the rain as wet roads are much more slippery.
Safe speed – Be in control. Ride at a speed that will allow you to stop safely. Do you know it can take up to six (6) metres to stop at 15km/h.
Be responsible – Ride in your lane and when you are on a cycleway, keep to your left. Look for cars turning and pedestrians walking.
Ring your bell – On shared paths, always give way to people walking and ring your bell early to alert walkers of your presence. Bike riders are legally required to have a bell.
Wear a helmet – A helmet can provide vital protection if you fall off your bike and is required by law. It is essential that a helmet is comfortable and fitted correctly.