Cycling tips to stay safe on roads

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - JELLYBEAN JOURNAL - JBJ RE­PORTER

YOU MIGHT have no­ticed lots of cy­clists on the road around now.

Many of them are train­ing for the one of the world’s big­gest cycling races: the Cape Ar­gus Pick n Pay Cy­cle Tour.

The 33rd an­nual Cy­cle Tour takes place in Cape Town on Sun­day, March 14.

With so many cy­clists on our roads this time of year, Jelly Bean Jour­nal has put to­gether a list of safe cycling tips:

SAFETY IN NUM­BERS: Don’t cy­cle on roads that you know are very busy or un­safe, and avoid rid­ing alone. Rid­ing with your mom and dad is prob­a­bly the best op­tion.

BE PRE­PARED: Make sure your bike is in good work­ing or­der. If you haven’t used your bike in a while, it’s a good idea to have it

ser­viced.

GEAR UP: Wear bright cloth­ing and fit lights on your bike (a white light in front; a red one on the back).

USE HAND SIG­NALS: Show mo­torists if you’re go­ing to turn or stop.

THE LAW: By law you have to wear a hel­met when you’re cycling. This law was in­tro­duced in South Africa in 2004. Make sure your hel­met fits prop­erly – a hel­met that is too big won’t pro­tect you.

RIDE UN­PLUGGED: You need to know what’s go­ing on around you, so never cy­cle while lis­ten­ing to your iPod or MP3 Player.

RE­MEM­BER: Al­ways wear sun­screen. If you’re go­ing for a long ride, pack some­thing to eat and drink.

GET INTO GEAR: One of the big­gest cycling races is around the cor­ner, so get on your bike and ride.

SAFETY IN NUM­BERS: Take dad with you.

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