While we crusade about road safety here at Cycle Bible, the reality is that accidents sometimes happen. And if you’re not too sure what to do if you’re involved in an accident; here’s what to do!
Get out of danger – if you’ve had an accident on a roadway, get off the road as soon as possible if you can.
Exchange details – whether it’s you or a motorist at fault, exchange contact and insurance details, even if you don’t think you need them.
Get witness details – this is essential in any accident. If you’re hit by a car while cycling (or even if you ride into a car) witness’s can back you up when details of a collision become blurred.
Take photos – if your bike is damaged, taking pictures for insurance is important. Better yet, having a bike-cam installed on your bike will make sure any accidents are fully captured.
Report it to the police – even if police weren’t called to the scene of the accident, reporting the incident is important if charges need to be pressed.
Get yourself (and your bike) checked out – you may have an injury that you didn’t notice at the time of the incident. Injuries like concussion can be serious. Your bike is important too. Take it to a shop and make sure everything is working well before your next ride.
Stay safe out there cyclists!
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On this site, we’ve received submissions and discussed this issue with cyclists from around Sydney. Often this is talked about in the vein of an ‘us vs them’ issue, where there is a clear distinction between cyclists and motorists.
As a fellow cyclist, i often wonder if the times are changing – whether real change is being made.
When analysing this however, we get caught up in what ‘real’ change is. Do we define this as ‘great’ or ‘monumental’ change? Because for the team at cycle bible, we know it is the small actions that show how attitudes can change.
Recently, i was taking advantage of the break in the wet weather to cycle around the leafy surrounds of Sydney’s centennial park. On my way there, i happened to get into a minor altercation with a motorist.
However, what was startling about this occasion was how caring, sensitive and helpful the motorist was – there was no accusations, no shouting, just simple, actionable behaviour.
It shows that things can change. And they will. Because i can guarantee that there are more people like the one i encountered out there.
Believe it or not, the rules, regulations and tribulations surrounding Bicycle safety are at it’s core innately flawed.
Sure, you can look at a list of rules and notice that they make sense. Hell, you could even call it common sense if you were feeling especially lucky. However – it must be noted that there is one small variable here when applying this ‘framework’ of cyclist safety.
Have you guessed what it is yet?
Hopefully it wasn’t too hard for you to guess – it’s the person riding the bike.
So remember, you are responsible for your own safety. Anyone who argues otherwise is seriously just asking for trouble.
Here at Cycle Bible, we want to help keep you safe! Here and some quick DO’s and DONT’s that you can easily follow while on the road!
- Undertake a lane of traffic.
- Ride in Bus and Transit lanes.
- Travel to the front of traffic on the left-hand side of stopped vehicles, However, not when the vehicles are indicating and about to turn left.
- Pass other vehicles on the left, However, again not when those vehicles are indicating and turning left.
- Ignore the proper equipment! an Approved helmet is necessary, along with a warning device, in the shape of a bell or horn and front and rear lights for night riders. Don’t forget a red rear reflector!
- If your an adult, don’t travel on the footpath! You are allowed to if you are under the age of 16, accompanying a rider who is under 16 or if the lane is a designated shared footpath.
Recent weather in Sydney has shown to be almost catastrophic – flash flooding, crashing power lines and accidents? It almost sounds like judgement day to me.
However, if you’re a cyclist, it makes it even harder. That’s why when you are wet weather willing, it’s important to make sure your bike is able to deal with the conditions. Here are just a couple of things to check first:
It’s important to see how much tread is left on your bike’s tyres – if it looks smooth, do NOT go out! buy a new pair straight away
If motorists can’t see a two-tonne car in the rain, how can they see you? make sure your lights are always charged up and ready to go
3. Proper clothing
As well as helping with visibility too, it’s no fun to get soggy when cycling in the rain. Don’t forget your rain jacket!
With these three thing ticked off your check list, you’ll be out on the road in no time! Stay safe out there!
It’s our mission here at Cycle Bible to always make sure you’re aware of how to keep yourself safer on the road! With the Sydney forecast being as fickle as it is, it’s more important than ever to keep up with the condition of your bike.
A poorly maintained bike is easily as hazardous as cycle road violations, not wearing a helmet and more. As Sydney’s cyclist population arise, there is a large accessibility towards bike shops! Check out the ones below to find one within your area.
Road cycling can be intimidating, to say the least. But we’ve come up with a few simple tips that will help you get started in road cycling.
Get a bike – this sounds like a no-brainer. But with an overwhelming array of bikes available, it can be confusing to know which one to go for. A bike with dropped handlebars will help you to be more aerodynamic on the road, making you go faster. Chat with an expert at a cycling shop so you know what’s best for you.
Get the right gear – again, this seems obvious. To be taken seriously, looking the part is essential (Lycra, duh!). The right shorts and jersey will make your ride as comfortable as possible. And of course, you cannot forget a helmet – safety is our number 1 priority here at Cycle Bible and on our roads.
Setting up your bike correctly – the best way to do this is getting a bike fit. This can be pricey, so if you’re able to set up your bike comfortably and safely by yourself then go for it. Making sure your saddle is at the right height is the most vital part of setting up your bike.
Find cycling routes near you – there are heaps of routes around Sydney and the Randwick area, so search for routes that are nearby to you and familiarise yourself with road cycling. Riding on roads and in areas you already know will help you become more comfortable on the road.
Join a club – road cycling can be scary, so a way to make it less intimidating is to join a group! It’s the perfect way to meet new people, find new routes and learn more about road cycling.
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