Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers and motorcycle riders.
When riding a bicycle, you should:
- Correctly wear an approved helmet, with straps fitting snug under the chin
- Obey all the road rules.
- Ride, like all traffic, on the left hand side of the road unless otherwise signposted.
- Only ride on a footpath if aged under 12 years (or an adult accompanying a rider under 12 years).
- Use a bicycle lane if one is marked on the road, unless impractical to do so.
- Always use hand signals when turning or stopping.
- Walk, not ride, across pedestrian crossings.
- Travel no more than 1.5 meters apart from each other if riding two abreast.
- Slow down on a cycle path when pedestrians are present.
- Warn pedestrians of your approach on a cycle path.
All bicycles must:
- Be fitted with an effective brake and bell, horn or similar warning device.
- If used at night have a steady or flashing white light on the front.
- If used at night have a red reflector and steady or flashing red light at the rear.
Keep your bike healthy
Always carry a pump, tyre levers, spare tube patch kit and water bottle. Check your tyre pressure, quick release skewers, brakes and loose bearings regularly. Maintenance is important. If you do not feel confident working on your bike, take it to a good cycle shop for servicing. Clean the drive chain on your cycle regularly and then apply an appropriate lubricant according to the instructions. Wipe off the excess, less is more! (Excess lube attracts dirt).
Replacing your tube after a flat tyre:
- Loosen quick release lever or axle nuts as appropriate.
- Remove wheel from the bike frame.
- Remove one tyre bead from the rim - use tyre levers if necessary.
- Extract the tube from under the tyre.
- Try to identify what caused the flat - find the hole and search for sharp items still within the tyre.
- Repair the tube with a tyre patch, or use a new tube.
- Slightly inflate the tube and place inside the tyre.
- Place valve through hole in rim.
- Patiently work the bead back onto the rim gradually moving around. Deflate the tube if necessary. Avoid using tyre levers if possible.
- Partially inflate. Check tyre is seated in the rim and valve is straight. Deflate and reseat the tyre if necessary.
- Inflate to full pressure and fit wheel to bike.
Buy a good quality "U-Lock" or cable lock (with cable of at least 8mm thick) from a cycle store. You can secure your frame and rear wheel just by locking the wheel within the rear triangle to something secure. If you do the same trip regularly then consider leaving a lock at your destination to avoid carrying a heavy lock every time.