Why is cycling safety important?
Every year more than 15,000 cyclists are killed or injured in road accidents in the United Kingdom.
We are committed to reducing cycling casualties in our city. Over the last five years we are delighted to see that cycling casualties have reduced by 40%! In 2010 pedal cycling casualties dipped even further from 58 casualties (as recorded in 2009) to 54 . We hope that increased cyclist training courses for both children and adults combined with educating motorists of the need to drive responsibly, this figure can reduce even further.
- Get trained - we offer free training through schools, confidence camps at leisure and community centres
and 1-2-1 training sessions.
- Get noticed - Fluorescent or bright clothing with reflective strips will help you to be seen during
dull weather and at night. You can also add reflective items such as stickers, or slappits to clothing or bags to improve
your visibility. If riding in the dark or in dull weather you will need a white front light and a red rear light. You
will also need a red reflector visible from behind. Amber pedal reflectors are also recommended.
- Get confidence - ride with confidence, control your lane (and therefore the traffic behind
you), particularly at junctions. Make sure you have space to make your manoeuvre safely. Make sure you can
be seen by other road users and that they can see you! Communicate with other road users with good eye contact, clear
signals, and positive lane positioning.
Where can I get trained?
We provide training from five years to adult. To find out about all the free training camps on offer and everything to do with cycling in Stoke-on-Trent, please visit our get trained webpage by clicking here.
For further information on cyclist training in Stoke-on-Trent please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Safe and Sustainable Transport team on 01782 232066.