Safety Tips For Cyclists on Irish Roads
Accidents do happen, but there are many things you can do to ensure your safety when using your bicycle on Irish roads.
1. Wear a Helmet
Irish law states you must wear a protective helmet when riding your bicycle on Irish roads. Make sure that you use a helmet that has never been involved in an incident before, and if you are involved in a fall, make sure you change your helmet before riding your bike again. Helmets that have already received an impact are no longer suitable for protecting your head from future impact.
2. Wear Reflective Clothing
Reflective clothing such as jackets or bibs helps cars notice you on the roads. They are particularly important at night time although can be equally as important during dark winter days. Yellow or orange are best colours for highlighting your presence to other road users. It’s also wise to wear reflective strips on your wrists and arms so that you’re easily seen when indicating to turn in the dark.
3. Install a Headlight on your Bike
It’s important you use a headlight on your bicycle, especially if you cycle during darker hours. Make sure it’s bright enough and big enough to be seen by other road users and use it consistently when daylight is dim.
4. Indicate Clearly and Consistently
Use your arms and hands to indicate your movement clearly to other road users. Be 100% consistent in your use of indication, even if you don’t see any other road users around. It is your responsibility as a cyclist using roads to let other road users know where you are going.
5. Don’t Stop in a Car’s Blind Spot
If you’re waiting in a traffic queue, don’t wait in a car’s blind spot, but wait behind them. This will ensure cars behind and in front of you will be able to see you clearly, and this will minimise your chances of collision.
Helmet Cams – Are They Useful?
Using cameras to capture vehicle journeys are fast becoming a must-have accessory for many road users, and ‘helmet cams’ have proven to be especially popular with cyclists – especially those who commute on their bicycle.
Helmet Cams are small cameras that are fixed to the helmet of cyclists, capturing footage of their journey as they travel. They are particularly useful for helping prove who is at fault if an accident should occur, and for people using their bicycle as their main form of transport, they can be a great reassurance.
Useful Online Irish Cycling Communities
Ireland is lucky to have a huge range of active and prominent cycling bodies, supporting the cycling community and providing a huge amount of information about the sport in general. We have listed the details of each below for your information.
IrishCycle.com is an extremely comprehensive information site, featuring news articles and statistics about cycling in Ireland, as well as opinions and views from experts and keen cyclists in the country.
Cycling Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of Cycling, and the website contains a huge amount of information aimed at professional and sports cyclists. It also features a range of information about general cycling in Ireland.
This website is an information hub for anyone who wishes to cycle in Dublin. It features cycling maps, advice on how to keep safe when cycling in the city and much more.
Dublin Cycling are an ‘independent, voluntary group’ who aim to promote improved conditions for cyclists in Ireland, as well as greater recognition of the benefits of cycling. Their website has a wealth of information about cycling in Dublin, cycling advice and information on their current campaigns.
This website is aimed specifically at cyclists in Ireland, and features a huge amount of information about how to keep safe on Irish roads. It also has information for drivers of cars and other vehicles about keeping Irish cyclists safe. Staying Safe on your Bicycle