Cycling is a great way to get around but some of the roads in North Yorkshire can be challenging.
There are a lot of things you can do to keep you safe on the road and get the most out of your ride. Before setting off, make sure:
- Your bike is ready and will last the journey, any problems you have will only get worse, pay attention to the brakes, you will need them, there are some very long descents in the county.
- Layer clothing, make sure it is wind and waterproof – tops of hills can be exposed even in summer and if you break down or need to stop for any length of time, you can become cold very quickly.
- You have enough food and water to last the journey.
- If you are riding alone make sure someone knows where you are and when you will be back, let them know if you change your route.
- Don’t ride while wearing headphones, stay alert to what is going on around you.
- Respect the challenge and know your limits.
When you are out, keep the following tips in mind.
- Although drivers should be paying attention at all times, not all do. In such cases it may help to draw attention to yourself. For instance, a flashing rear light may do this, even in the daytime.
- Wear something that makes you stand out from your surroundings, and always be conscious you might not be seen. Dull and rainy days make it difficult for other road users to see you.
- Keep your fuel and water levels topped up to keep you alert, as energy levels drop, fatigue sets in and you will find it harder to concentrate, especially towards the end of a ride.
- Stay focused on descents. Don’t assume there won’t be anything around the corner; whether it’s something coming the other way, a stationary vehicle, people on foot, horses, sheep , cows or even potholes.
- Split large groups up into small groups with gaps of at least 50m between them, allowing drivers to pass by making a few safe overtakes rather than one very dangerous one.
- Although riding two abreast can be more social, Highway Code rule 66 states that you should ride single file on narrow and bendy roads, and also on busy roads. So when it gets twisty, single out to make it easier for traffic to pass slowly and safely.
- Be aware of other road users. The main routes are also used for a lot of agricultural business, so it may be necessary to stop in a safe place and allow traffic to pass, especially tractors and trailers, large milk tankers and aggregate lorries.
Download our tips leaflet by clicking the pictures below
St John Ambulance have produced an app to help cyclists deal with the most common cycling injuries, should someone fall from their bike. Click to go to the page.
If you are planning to ride the Tour routes, have a look at our app that provides in depth information and videos about the more challenging sections of the routes. Download the Ride the Routes cycle app by clicking on the picture.
Below are a collection of short videos to help you be ready on the road, from checking your bike, to riding on the road safely.
Riding on the road safely
How to deal with hazards on the road
How to ride safely in a group
How to prepare your bike for a journey