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Safety Tips of driving an eBike

  • Stop at red lights – It sounds obvious but sometimes it is very tempting to just to jump them if your in a rush. It could also save you a £50 fine.
  • Stay central on narrow roads – Try to ride away from the gutter. If the road is too narrow for vehicles to pass you safely, it might be safer to ride towards the middle of the lane to prevent dangerous overtaking by other vehicles
  • Stay away from parked cars – Try to keep a door’s width away in case the door opens suddenly. Also, try to ride in a straight line past parked cars rather than dodging between them

  • Stay back from HGVs – Lorries and other large vehicles might not be able to see you clearly, so stay well back behind them
  • Always pay attention – Stay focused on what’s going on around you so you can see what other road users might do
  • Make eye contact – Try to make eye contact with drivers so you’re sure that they have seen you

  • Don’t pavement cycle – Don’t cycle on the pavement or up a one-way street (unless clearly marked for cyclists)
  • Wear bright clothes – Stay safe by wearing bright clothes during the day and reflective clothing/accessories at night
  • Signal – Use appropriate hand signals to indicate that you’re turning left or right
  • No phones or devices – Don’t use a mobile phone or earphones
  • Helmet –Consider wearing a helmet
  • Cycle training – There is free, or subsidised cycle training, including commuter skills, for adults and children in most London boroughs

For more information visit http://think.direct.gov.uk/cycling.html

Keep Your Bike Secure

  • Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand
  • Make the locks and bike hard to manoeuvre – Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible.
  • Take parts that are easy to remove with you – For example, saddles and wheels. Or use secure skewers, which can increase security by securing the bike’s components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal parts such as saddle or wheels.

  • Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking – It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.
  • Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home – Bikes get stolen from communal hallways, gardens and sheds.
  • Don’t buy a stolen second-hand bike – Insist on proof of ownership and check the bike frame number at BikeRegister.

  • If your bike has been stolen, contact the police – Give them your frame number, BikeRegister number, photo and any other details.

For more information visit http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Cycle-Security-Advice/1400005851380/1400005851380