Cycling is great fun and should be enjoyed so here are a few basis common-sense tips to get you started:


  • consider wearing clothing that will make you more visible to other road users.
  • consider wearing a helmet. It’s not a legal requirement but your head is quite important.
  • use lights as soon as it starts to get dark, in rain and if it’s foggy.
  • pick quieter routes. Cycling down the A38 is never a good idea.
  • obey the same road-rules that you would in a car.
  • ride a few feet away from the curb. Too close and cars might try and squeeze past when it’s not safe.


  • assume people have seen you, ride past junctions slowly.
  • try and beat world speed records. Other road users won’t expect a cyclist to be doing 35mph!