If you are not a regular cyclist but like to keep fit riding a bike when you take your Static Caravan holiday in North Wales, we have put some information together to keep you safe.
Bear in mind that 19,000 cyclists lose their lives or are injured on UK roads every year due to road accidents according to the latest statistics from ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents). It therefore makes sense for cyclists to take all precautions necessary to remain safe and protected on the road. This is even more important if you are not familiar with the area. Being visible to pedestrians and other road users is a priority so here are some useful tips:
Staying visible on the road
- During the day, you will be seen if you wear fluorescent clothing even if there is fog and mist.
- At night wear reflective clothing.
- If you intend to turn right or left, make sure you use arm signals. By making what you intend to do clear to other road users and pedestrians they will see you.
- Unless you can see a sign giving permission to ride on the pavement, don’t do it! It is against the law!
- If you are on a narrow lane or road, cycle single file and not next to another cyclist.
- Make sure that you leave enough space for a car door to open when passing a parked car.
- Leave a reasonable distance between you and the kerb
- Make sure you have your lights on if you are cycling in poor weather conditions such as rain, fog or mist.
Keeping safe on the road
- Before you consider overtaking, turning or stopping ensure that you look behind you.
- Comply with road signs and traffic lights and observe the rules of pedestrian crossings since it is against the law not to do so.
- Whilst it may entertain you to listen to music on your route, wearing headphones impedes your ability to hear what is going on around you. Don’t do it!
- Using a mobile phone distracts your attention in the same way as any other vehicle operative so if you must answer a call, find a safe place to stop before answering it.
- Wear an appropriate, padded cycling helmet. These helmets are specifically designed to protect you from head injuries.
- Weaving in and out of traffic might be fun but it is very dangerous so avoid doing it even if you are in a hurry.
- Where cycling lanes exist, use them because although not compulsory they are there for your safety.
- Ride across pedestrian crossings, unless it’s a toucan crossing with a sign saying that cyclists can do so.
Whilst North Wales is not an area of high crime if you do leave your bicycle unattended make sure you lock it or it is always within view. Taking a Caravan Holiday in North Wales and using the cycling trails that are always nearby is a safer way to keep fit and also much more enjoyable. You will be able to breathe in the fresh country air and observe the wildlife, flora and fauna along your chosen route. The scenery is some of the most spectacular in the British Isles.
Static Caravans for Sale
If you are considering purchasing your own Caravan, in a quiet rural setting Sirior Bach is an ideal place to start looking. Close to Abergele, cycling around the area truly is a joy. We have a comprehensive range of Static Caravans for sale, both pre-owned and new, at extremely competitive prices.