cycling is one of the most enjoyable yet healthy activities, and once in a while, we all want to let loose from the typical day to day use of vehicles. To cycle as you unwind and let out steam from day to day routines. It’s also a fast mode of transport over short distances if you want to avoid traffic on the road.
As a cyclist cycling on a roundabout, junctions and even dual carriageways can be scary and also quite risky because most of the roads are usually very busy with cars going at high speed of around 70 km/hr which may intimidate most cyclists. Whereas cycling on a dual carriage is perfectly legal, most people tend to avoid i int fear of the risks but once you learn all the safety measures you can cycle smoothly on whichever dual carriage roads with no problem. I am going to write about some of the safety measures one should adhere to when cycling on a dual carriage, the risks one may come across and the laws about cycling on a dual carriage.
How to take control:
I am sure if you are considering to start cycling on the road and in this case the dual carriageway you should be familiar with the highway code which contains the fundamental rules a cyclist needs to follow to stay safe. Here are some of the critical instructions on the highway code one must follow:
Section 59 of the highway code lists down the type of clothing and protective gear a cyclist should have on to protect them and also make it easy for other road users to spot them on the road
cyclist clothing and protective gear:
- Helmet: this is very important to adhere to the current regulations and should be the correct size and fastened on the head correctly this is important because it protects the head from harm
- Florescent or light coloured clothing: this is to ensure that you can easily be spotted by other road users from afar
- It is also advised to wear reflective clothing, for example, reflective jackets or accessories like bands or stripes on the helmet to make you visible in the dark at night cyclists are advised to have their white font lights on or red rear lights on.
- Cyclists are also advised to wear fitting clothing to avoid getting tangled on a wheel or chain while cycling.
Another relevant section in on the highway code that cyclists must know when cycling on the dual carriageway is the dos and donts
- Both of your hands must stay on the handlebars unless you want to signal or change gears
- Be aware of the other different road users and be careful to use your bell when necessary to signal passengers and be keen to notice blind or deaf road users too
- Both of your feet should stay on the pedals
- Ensure your ride on a single file to avoid inconveniencing other road users because two-way carriages are usually busy and cars move at high speed.
Don’s while cycling on a dual carriageway
- avoid cycling closely behind a car
- do not cycle more than two people abreast
- do not carry anything that can get tangled up cycling
steps that promote road safety
- Before you maneuver your bicycle or take a turn to ensure that you have looked around and you are sure it’s safe enough for you.
- keep a safe distance between you and the car behind you and ensure to notice any pedestrians that may step into your path
- ensure to follow all the traffic light rules and notice all the road bumps
- be aware of the traffic behind you
- ensure that all your signals are clear and can be understood and seen by other road users
- keep your eyes on the road to watch out for any sudden obstructions to avoid sudden swerving
Which lane should i use while cycling on a dual carriage?
Cyclists are advised to use the most left lane which is headed to the same direction you are headed this applies when you are going to come across a left-turn-only on the junction, however if you are going to meet a right turn only junction straight ahead you can use the right hand lane
if both have straight arrows you are advised to use the left hand lane
cyclists on a dual carriageway roads are advised to take the left hand edge on the left side because these roads are usually busy and its safer for cyclists than the middle of the lane
in case you want to change a path while cycling do it cautiously ensure that you have signalized the driver behind and that there is safe distance between you and the driver as you ride to the next lane. Cyclists are also advised to change one path at a time.
cycling two abreast
cycling is supposed to be enjoyable and what more enjoyable than cycling next to your friend or at least someone you can converse with.
According to the law, cycling abreast is allowed in most roads in UK however common sense expected whereby cyclists should ride on a single file when they are over taken.cycling abreast has so many advantages including it being sociable as you are able to interact with other cyclists because you are riding side by side and also it makes it easy for motorists to overtake .
As i finish the piece, i hope i have clearly explained the safety measures one should observe while cycling on a dual carriageway and the laws that have been put in place to ensure the safety of cyclists on the road. i have also explained the protective clothing and accessory that is a must-have before cycling on a dual carriageway. All in all, i believe that once you have mastered the safety measures and rules you ought to observe, you can safely cycle on a dual carriageway as much as you want.we cannot avoid accidents forever even if we tried.