Here are some pointers to get you started!
As a cyclist, you're an active part of traffic. For your own safety and the safety of other road users, these are some things to keep in mind:
1) you operate a carriage - it may sound silly, but that's what you do by law. As such, you are a road user and not allowed to cycle on the pavement.
2) be seen - it can be surprisingly hard for other road users to spot you. Especially since not every driver is used to having cyclists around.
- Make sure you're using lights. Not only in the dark, but also when it rains or when it's misty. Make sure your lights are bright enough.
- Although not a legal requirement, reflective clothing can vastly improve your visibility. You can get a high viz vest for under £2!
3) protect yourself
- Although it won't prevent an accident, it can protect your head in case you do get into an accident. However, when you get a helmet, make sure it fits properly and you wear it correctly!
- Make sure your bike is in good working order. Particularly your brakes. Remember to give yourself much more time to break when it's wet.
- Where possible, cycle a door-length away from parked cars.
- Cycle in the centre of narrow roads to discourage cars from dangerous overtaking maneuvres
4) know the code - as a cyclist, you have to adher to UK traffic rules as outlined in the highway code. Have a look at the rules relating to cyclists. This includes both recommendations and laws, the latter of which are emphasised with MUST and MUST NOT. Have a look here for a more in-depth exploration of cycling and the law.
And remember, drivers need to adhere to rules too in order to keep cyclists safe! For example: