Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:40

Safe cycling tips

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Cycling has become a very common mode of transport as a result of the Bike to work scheme set up by the government. Under the bike to work scheme, your employer can help you obtain a new bike and safety equipment worth up to 1,000 euro. You can then deduct a sum from your salary on a monthly basis to pay for the bike. This allows you to save up to 52% of the retail price of bike and equipment. Your employer also makes savings to encourage them.

Cycling is a great form of transport however it can be dangerous. There is a lack of safe cycling lanes throughout the country, especially in Dublin. Cyclists are vulnerable on the roads. There are several cycling fatalities on Irish roads and a huge number of injuries.

 The Road Safety Authority has released the following advice for cyclists so that you can reduce your risk of death or injury while cycling:

  • 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

We a David Walley + Co sincerely hope that you are not injured while cycling however if you are, you could be entitled to make an injury claim for accident compensation. David Walley + Co Solicitors are injury claims experts and we have made years experience successfully advising cyclists. Contact us now for a FREE CASE ASSESSMENT consultation with one of our experienced personal injury solicitors.

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