Here are a few general tips to help things go smoothly:
Control your speed so you can react quickly if needed.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times including behind you, and be especially alert when travelling through road works.
Make extra checks around intersections where people driving may turn across cycle lanes.
When riding through queues of stationary or slow-moving cars, scan ahead for gaps in the queue where turning vehicles may unexpectedly cut across your path.
During the change of seasons, be prepared with working lights on your bicycle so you can be seen.
Bike lights in flashing mode are more noticeable and use less battery power.
Reflectors, reflective strips, reflective bag covers and reflective ankle bands can help you be more visible.
Ring your bell when approaching others you plan to pass others on bikes, and people walking.
Be predictable. Use clear hand signals to let other road users know your intentions.
Make eye contact with other road users to help you both be sure that you’ve seen each other.
Thank other road users when you can. Let them know you appreciate that they waited for you by waving, smiling or giving a thumbs up.
Positive interactions help build a considerate and safe road culture, and make travelling on our roads more pleasant for everyone.
Content courtesy of Christchurch City Council
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