Cycle Tours Ireland - Safe Cycling By The Road Safety Authority

As a cyclist, you can reduce your risk of death or injury by following some simple advice.

Never cycle in the dark without adequate lighting – white for front, red for rear

Always wear luminous clothing such as hi-vis vests, fluorscent armbands and reflective belts so that other road users can see you

Wear a helmet

Make sure you keep to the left. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn 

Follow the rules of the road, never run traffic lights or weave unpredictably in and out of traffic

Maintain your bike properly – in particular, your brakes should work properly and your tyres should be inflated to the right pressure and be in good condition

Respect other road users – don’t get into shouting matches with motorists; stop at pedestrian crossings; don’t cycle on the footpath

Watch your speed, especially when cycling on busy streets and going downhill

Steer well clear of left-turning trucks: let them turn before you move ahead

**Cycling for children

Using a bike for the first time and learning to ride has been a rite of passage for generations of Irish children. Cycling is fun and sociable and, like swimming, a life-skill that stands to children in later years.

Yet, like many activities, cycling carries an element of risk. Parents play an important role in minimising the risk by giving them proper guidance and instruction at an early age to ensure that basic safety rules are absorbed while young.

Do’s and don’ts of safe cycling for children

Do ensure they:

Cycle a bike matched to their height and experience

Wear a safety helmet

Use lights in dark or dusky conditions

Don’t allow them to:

Cycle on public roads unsupervised (if under 12)

Wear loosely-worn scarves or other clothing that could get caught in the wheels or chain-set

Take unnecessary risks

Please use the cycle tours Ireland enquiry form for further information.

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