Bike & Go Blog

7 simple steps for cycling in a city centre

Monday, March 6, 2017

With the amount of traffic and pedestrians around, cycling in a busy city centre can be daunting to say the least! But it doesn't have to be.

By following these few simple steps riding your Bike & Go in a busy city centre will soon become second nature to you.

1. Check your bike

Once you've hired your Bike & Go its worth doing a few checks just to be sure that everything is working as it should. Double check that the seat is at the right height, both brakes and lights are working and that the tyres are fully inflated. Click here for a detailed guide to checking your Bike & Go. 

2. Plan your route

Once you've checked your bike, it's time to go! City centres are always busy and with lots of one way roads and navigating your way around can often be tricky. Therefore, it might be a good idea to plan where you're going before you go. Spend a few minutes working out which route would be the easiest and safest before you leave the station.

3. Wear appropriate clothing

It's important to wear the right type of clothes when cycling in a city centre. If it's day time try to wear something bright and if it's dark you should definitely be wearing something reflective, as it will allow other motorists to see you clearly. Try to avoid wearing baggy and loose fitting trousers as you won't want these to become stuck in your bike!

4. Stick to cycle lanes

If you can, use cycle lanes. Having a lane designated to cyclists in city centres can really help to keep you safe on the road. Not only do they give you and your bike more room, but also they allow you to go at your own pace so that you're not worrying about holding up any traffic. So if your city centre has bike lanes, use them.

5. Always be aware

You definitely need to have your wits about you when you're cycling near traffic. So just make sure that you stay aware of what's around you and always look out for traffic lights.

6. There's no shame in walking your bike!

If you're feeling uncomfortable or nervous on a certain road, then hop off your bike and use traffic lights to help you get from A to B. It is certainly better to be safe than sorry!

7. Be confident and have fun!

If you follow the steps above when cycling around the city centre then there is no reason why you wouldn't be safe. So be confident, have fun and discover your city centre on two wheels!