Always be aware that cyclists are vulnerable road users. The RSA recommends that children younger than 12 should not ride bicycles in any type of traffic. Make use of dedicated cycle lanes.

Top Tips for Cycling, courtesy of the Road Safety Authority: 

  • Know how to control your bike before cycling in traffic.
  • Never weave in and out of traffic. Stay in your lane and signal your turns.
  • Always cycle with the flow of traffic.
  • Never hold on to a moving vehicle.
  • Never wear an mp3 player or iPod or use a mobile phone when you are cycling.
  • Always obey the Rules of the Road. Other road users will respect you more if you respect the rules.
  • Think ahead. Think about what drivers may do. Catch their eye.
  • Ride well clear of the kerb. It will help drivers to see you and will prevent your pedal hitting the kerb. You also have more room to move if you come across obstacles or if vehicles pass too close to you.
  • Show drivers what you plan to do. Always look and signal before you start, stop or turn.
  • Ride a straight line past parked cars rather than be constantly weaving in and out.
  • Ride positively and decisively. It helps motorists to understand what you plan to do.
  • Keep well back from motor vehicles in case they brake.
  • Never cycle on a footpath unless it has a cycle track. Use cycle tracks and or lanes where provided.
  • Never cycle side by side with more than one cyclist.
For Children

Do’s and don’ts of safe cycling for children

Do ensure they:

  • Cycle a bike matched to their height and experience
  • Wear a safety helmet
  • Use lights in dark or dusky conditions

Don’t allow them to:

  • Cycle on public roads unsupervised (if under 12)
  • Wear loosely-worn scarves or other clothing that could get caught in the wheels or chain-set
  • Take unnecessary risks
Traffic lights and road signs
  • On approach to a green light, you may proceed if its safe to do so.
  • Anticipate that it may change to amber.
  • You must stop at an amber light unless it is not safe to do so.
  • Never try to race through an intersection when the traffic light shows amber.
  • Come to a full stop when the light is red.
  • Do not move off until the light has turned green and it is safe to do so.
  • A stop sign means STOP for all vehicles – including bicycles.
  • Stay safe! Learn and obey all the Rules of the Road.
  • Be particularly careful when a road sign warns of an oncoming hazard – like a dangerous bend or a pedestrian crossing.

Signalling

  • Always look back before you signal.
  • Always signal a turn or a change of lane clearly and in good time.
  • Never pull out, turn, or change lanes without signalling.

Turning left

  • Stay in the left lane when you are turning left.
  • Signal your turn in good time.
  • Never cycle between another left turning vehicle and the kerb. Stay well behind it and let it go. Then turn and don’t swing out into the road.
  • Never pass a vehicle on the inside when it may turn left. Keep well clear of buses and trucks near junctions.