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SAFETY TIPS

FREEBIKE IS FASTER, FURTHER, FREER and FUN.

The bikes are designed for maximum durability and safety with lights at the front and rear lit up in all light conditions.

The back light is continuously red and flashes when you are braking; the brakes are disk brakes which are exceptionally strong and there is a loud bell that you can use to warn people of your presence.

 
Here are a few tips of things you should do to ensure your safety:
 
  • Stop at red lights.  Not only safer, it’s the law and could save you a £70 fine.
  • Ride with the traffic.  Ride on the left in the same direction as other vehicles.
  • Stay away from the gutter.  If the road is too narrow for vehicles to pass you safely, it might be safer to ride towards the middle of the lane to prevent dangerous overtaking by other vehicles.
  • Stay away from parked cars.  Try to keep a door's width away in case the door opens suddenly and ride in a straight line past parked cars rather than dodging between them.
  • Stay back from HGVs and buses.  Lorries and other large vehicles might not be able to see you clearly, so stay well back behind them.
  • Helmet.  Helmets can be borrowed from IHS Markit reception.  Make sure it fits snugly on the top of your head in a level position and does not move when you turn your head.
  • Use Hand Signals.  Use appropriate hand signals to indicate that you're turning left or right. Do not assume drivers and other riders will stop for you.
  • Always pay attention.  Stay focused on what's going on around you so you can see what other road users might do.
  • Make safe right hand turns.  Yield to oncoming traffic before turning.
  • Make eye contact.  Try to make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians so you're sure that they have seen you.
  • No phones or devices.  Don't use a mobile phone or earphones.
  • Don't pavement cycle.  Don't cycle on the pavement or up a one-way street (unless clearly marked for cyclists).
  • Wear bright clothes.  Stay safe by wearing bright clothes during the day and reflective clothing/accessories at night.
  • Watch out in wet weather.  Wet roads can be slippery. Take your time.
  • Do you fit the bike?  Make sure the seat is adjusted to allow a slight bend at you knee when the pedal is at the lowest position.
  • Night Lights.  Make sure the lights work after dark. You could be fined £70 if they are not working because it is your responsibility to check.
  • Yield to Pedestrians –  and do not drive too close to them.