How Not To Be A D**k On A Bike | Simple Cycling Etiquette

How Not To Be A D**k On A Bike | Simple Cycling Etiquette


– We all aspire to be the
best cyclist we can be, and I’m not just talking about how strong and how fit we can be. – No, there is more to it like being a nice all-around
individual on the bike too. – What, just a nice cyclist? – Everybody loves a nice cyclist. (jingle music) Now despite these super cool uniforms that all of the cyclists tend to wear, it doesn’t actually give
us any special privileges when out on the road. So, we need to make sure
we are obeying by the laws and regulations in the
areas which we’re riding. That might mean doing a little
bit of research to make sure you’re following safe
sighting habits in your area. – Yes and now, it’s probably a good time to mention that we can’t
ride on the sidewalks and pavements as it is
illegal, and let’s be honest, we don’t want to upset
all those pedestrians. – Or any other road users for that matter. But it does make me ask one question. – Go on.
– Does that mean that this footpath’s out of use. – That’s out mate, as
tempting as it may be. – It looks like fun.
– I know. (upbeat music) – Now as a cyclist, we
don’t have indicators or turn signals, but what we do have is a pair of really long
arms, which are perfect for letting other road
users especially motorists know exactly what our actions are and where we’re going to be going. They’re so great for pointing
out hazards on the road to other cyclists in our
group and let them know directions we plan to take. Signals don’t just show
change of direction though, they also help warn others of hazards like potholes or road furniture. One way to lose friends
is not point at potholes. So, my advice to you would be
to try and get in the habit of signaling as much as
you feel is necessary. – Signaling and communication to others whilst out on a group ride is
one of the most effective ways to prevent accidents and
preventable issues occurring. Simply shouting out to other riders is the best way to do this, but use hand signals if you need to do so. (upbeat music) Now, this may be incredibly
obvious but that’s so easy to get carried away chasing PEBs and KOMs. I’m talking about stopping
at traffic lights. This is something you must
do, not only is it illegal but it’s also incredibly dangerous. So be patient, wait for the green light. Something so simple but it
might just save your life. (upbeat music) – One thing you need to do as a cyclist is steer clear of the major roads, the motorways and the highways. And for a start, it’s just
not legal at most places but then who wants to be passed by the sheer volume of fast traffic. The vans, lorries, cars,
screaming past you on a big road. Instead when planning your route, try and find somewhere
a little more tranquil, and paths a little bit
more scenic as well. Not only will you enjoy it more,
they’ll also be much safer. If you are unsure, start at by
having a good study of a map, either with a printed
map or a digital one, even Google could prove useful for this. Route planning apps like Komoot can make planning a route much easier and take a bit of a stress out
of the unknown of your ride. Check the classifications of byways does your chosen route
intersect private land. You may still be able to ride there but you may need to request
permission to do so. (upbeat music) – Now this is my favorite, being friendly and
polite to other cyclists. It’s super easy to do and it really does make a massive impact. Just a simple nudge or a wave does make a world of difference. Hi mate. Be friendly to other
cyclists is really good and it really makes them
feel good about themselves. (upbeat music) Depending on which news
outlets you follow, motorists and cyclists may be made out not to be best friends. Whether or not this is true,
it doesn’t really matter. As there is a lot we
can do to help our cause such as thanking patient motorists when they’ve waited for us. But this is where we could make a change, if motorists have been
patient and give you space when passing, then a gesture of gratitude would go a long way. If there are any characteristics
you find annoying from fellow cyclists out on the road, let us know in the comments box below. Thumbs up if you enjoyed this video, and for more tips, click on screen now.