Cycling tips to stay safe on roads
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
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.