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Great Manchester Cycle

 

Great Manchester Cycle sees 8,000 take part as motorists cleared from the roads

This weekend, Manchester saw the action with the Great Manchester Cycle and organisers say the event, which started and finished at the Etihad stadium, was one of their most-successful ever.

Thousands of people saddled up for the Great Manchester Cycle as motorists were banished from the roads.

Nearly eight thousand riders took to the streets - from elite cyclists to amateur riders aged from six to 78 and miles of Manchester’s roads were closed to traffic for the day, including part of the Mancunian Way, in order to give riders free rein.

In light of the attendance, I thought that I would provide a  timely reminder in relation to cycle safety as it is very rare that cars are cleared from the road for cyclists.

Cycle safety

Cycling needs to be encouraged, however, there are too many cycle accidents which result in seriously injuries or fatalities.

Cycling safety tips

  • Stop at red lights

It's safer and could save you a fine

  • Stay central on narrow roads.

Try to ride away from the gutter. If the road is too narrow for vehicles to pass you safely, it might be safer to ride towards the middle of the lane to prevent dangerous overtaking by other vehicles

  • Stay away from parked cars.

Ideally, keep a door's width away in case the door opens suddenly. Also, try to ride in a straight line past parked cars rather than dodging between them

  • Stay back from HGVs.

Lorries and other large vehicles might not be able to see you clearly, so stay well back behind them

  • Always pay attention.

Stay focused on what's going on around you so you can see what other road users might do

  • Make eye contact.

Try to make eye contact with drivers so you're sure that they have seen you

  • Don't pavement cycle.

Don't cycle on the pavement or up a one-way street (unless clearly marked for cyclists)

  • Wear bright clothes.

Stay safe by wearing bright clothes during the day and reflective clothing/accessories at night

  • Night lights.

Use lights after dark - white at the front and red at the rear. You may be fined if you don't have them

  • Signal.

Use appropriate hand signals to indicate that you're turning left or right

  • No phones or devices.

Don't use a mobile phone or earphones

  • Helmet.

Consider wearing a helmet

  • Cycle training.

There usually is free, or subsidised cycle training, including commuter skills, for adults and children in areas via your local Council.

 

 

By: Lesley Layton