No matter if you are a confident cyclist and go out on rides frequently, or if you are returning to your bike after many months, or even years of not riding, you should prepare for the London Bikeathon in the same way – by considering safety, doing equipment checks and training.
Safety is extremely important as the ride takes place on the open roads of the capital. Obeying the Highway Code and always wearing a helmet are simple steps to a safe day out!
"We have provided the first aid cover at the London Bikeathon for many years. The best advice we can offer is to make sure you are wearing a helmet. Such a simple piece of equipment has saved so many people from suffering a more serious injury." Clive James, St John Ambulance.
Transport for London have provided us with some fantastic top tips for safer cycling:
- Be aware of the driver's blind spot when passing lorries and buses. It's often safer to hang back
- Pay attention to what is going on around you and be aware of what other road users might do
- Try to make eye contact with drivers so that you know they have seen you
- Ride assertively, away from the gutter. If the road is too narrow for vehicles to pass you safely, it may be better to ride in the middle of the lane to prevent dangerous overtaking
- Ride in a straight line past parked cars, rather than dodge between them
- Wait in front of other vehicles at traffic lights by using advanced stop line for cyclists if there is one
- Don't ride through red lights. You may be fined £30
- Use appropriate hand signals when making a left or right turn
- Wear bright clothing in the day and reflective clothing or accessories at night
- Use lights after dark; white at front and red at rear. You may be fined £30 if you don't have them
- You should consider wearing a helmet
Evans Cycles, the UK’s largest specialist cycle retailer is proud to once again support the London Bikeathon. If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to cycling, browse the equipment pages on the site or visit your local Evans Cycles store for some personal one-to-one advice.
Everyone who enters the London Bikeathon 2012 will receive an Evans Cycles leaflet with discounts on equipment and servicing - put them to good use and make sure your bike is running smoothly! They will also be there on the day of the event to assist with safety checks and emergency bike repairs. More about Bikeathon equipment.
No matter what distance you are cycling, everyone needs to prepare beforehand. Make sure you go out on your bike regularly before the event to build up your stamina. Ensure you stretch extensively before every ride and then try to increase the distance you are cycling week on week. A little extra effort goes a long way on the day! More about training for a Bikeathon.
The routes for 2012 have not yet been finalised, but when they are we will put up details and maps on our routes page!