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Cycling Code

CyclingKnow the Cycling Code!

Wherever you are cycling, make sure you are familiar with the NATIONAL CYCLE NETWORK GOOD CYCLING CODE. For the Isle of Wight Council's road safety information then please click here 

On all routes
Always cycle with respect for others, whether other cyclists, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, horse-riders or drivers and acknowledge those who give way to you.

On shared paths
Fit a bell and use it, don't surprise people
Please give way to pedestrians, leaving them plenty of room
Keep to your side of the dividing line
Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary
Don't expect to cycle at high speeds
Be careful at junctions, bends and entrances
Remember that many people are hard of hearing or visually impaired. Don't assume they  can see or hear you
Give way where there are wheelchair users and horse riders

On roads
Always follow the Highway Code
Fit cycle lights and use them in poor visibility
Keep your bike road worthy
Be seen, most cycle accidents happen at junctions
Don't cycle on pavements except where designated; pavements are for pedestrians
Use you bell, not all pedestrians can see you

And in the countryside
Follow the Country Code
Respect other land management activities such as farming or forestry
Take litter home
Keep erosion to a minimum if off-road
Cycle within your capabilities
Match your speed to the surface and your skills
Be self sufficient carry food, bike repair kit, map and waterproofs in remote areas

Look after yourself and your bike!
In poor light and at night, you should use front and rear bike lights (this is a legal requirement) and wear visible/reflective clothing.
Cycle helmets are recommended and should fit you properly. Be sure to choose a recognised and certified brand ask your stockist for details.
You should wear clothing and sunscreen of SPF15+.
You should have your bike serviced regularly at a professional bike shop to ensure it is roadworthy.
If you are training for a cycling event, start gradually, particularly if you haven't cycled before or for some time. Always stop if you feel sick or dizzy, over-tired or in pain and make sure you leave at least 30 minutes between eating and exercising.


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