The personal injury team at FBC Manby Bowdler is gearing up for National Cycle to Work Day (August 8) with some top tips to keep cyclists safe on the roads.
The UK’s biggest cycle commuting event encourages employees to take to two wheels for the day to celebrate the heath and fitness benefits of pedalling to work and show some love for the environment.
Tim Gray, who heads up the team, said: “We are also encouraging cyclists to make sure they stay safe on the roads. We see too many families affected by serious injuries sustained in biking accidents.
“So here are some top tips for National Cycle to Work Day!”
1. Make sure you’re properly equipped by wearing a cycle helmet that meets a recognised safety standard. This will reduce the risk of receiving major head or brain injuries in an accident.
2. Be seen – it may be summer but cyclists should still be wearing bright clothing, preferably something fluorescent and reflective, to help other road users to see you more easily. Always use lights and reflectors in the dark and in poor visibility.
3. Plan your route – if you’re not a regular cyclist, it’s worth planning a route that may be quieter especially as when riding to and from work is when commuting traffic will be at its heaviest.
4. Bike safety is also key – make sure the brakes are working and that the tyres are pumped up and ready to go.
5. Be aware of other road users, especially lorries and don’t forget pedestrians. If you pass inside a lorry, the driver isn’t going to be able to see you!
The tips from FBC Manby Bowdler follow an increase in the number of claims connected to cycle collisions.
Jaswinder Kaur Tawana, a Partner in the Personal Injury team, said: “We have definitely seen an increase in cases relating to cycling incidents in recent years. It’s not clear whether that’s because more people are cycling as a mode of transport or for pleasure or if it’s because people are more prepared to litigate. Whatever the reason, cyclists should always bear in mind the useful advice above to ensure their safety and that of other road users.”