Tips for cycling on the top tube
All of the traffic-free routes in the Top Tube Map are shared with pedestrians. When cycling on these paths you must be considerate of other users.
- Allow plenty of room when passing pedestrians.
- Ride at a safe speed and be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary.
- Let other users know you’re there by using a bell or a polite ‘excuse me’. Thank people when they move aside.
The UK Cycle Rules blog also has some excellent information about cycling on shared cycle paths.
Where routes use short on-road sections, you will need to:
- Ride with confidence, not too close to the gutter.
- Look all around you, especially over your shoulder, before you make any manoeuvre, start, stop or turn.
- Use hand signals when stopping or manoeuvring.
- Cycle at least 1 metre away from parked cars and watch for doors opening and pedestrians crossing.
- Obey all traffic lights and signs.
The Highway Code has more information about cycling on UK roads.
You can find details of local cycle training courses at www.bikeability.org.uk.
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