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How To Stay Safe On Your Next Cycling Holiday

By Sam Smith

In the UK, cycling had been booming over the past few years as positive experiences during lockdown, increased cycling infrastructure and an ever-developing culture have opened the nation’s eyes to the benefit of two-wheeled transport. If you’re new to cycling or a seasoned veteran, perhaps you want to cycle out this summer on holiday with your bike. Going on a cycling holiday is an adventure that you’re likely to remember for your whole life, and the UK offers many cycling routes that are rich in history and scenic views.

The last thing you want is to be injured on your holiday, however. To keep you safe, here are some key safety tips if you are thinking of going on a cycling holiday.

Get a camera set

As well as letting you record your journey, a set of cameras pointing forwards and backwards (affixed to your helmet or your bike) will pick up any accidents that might occur. That way, if you’re hit off, you have plenty of evidence that you weren’t to blame. This can be really important if you choose to pursue compensation using a firm of personal injury claim lawyers, as the more evidence you have, the easier it will be to make a successful claim.

Get a proper helmet

Your eight-year-old, beaten-up helmet isn’t a smart choice for a long cycling holiday. Over time, the polystyrene in your bike helmet will be degraded by sunlight, which can reduce its effectiveness and protective qualities. As a result, Cycles UK recommends you replace yours every five years or so. Make sure yours has plenty of reflective strips too, so you can be seen by vehicles in early morning, evening, and night.

Charge your lights

When enjoying a cycling holiday, often you’ll find yourself travelling from accommodation to your next port of call. Now, as any cyclist knows, even the speediest journey can be scuppered by a strong headwind or road closures, so you may find yourself cycling at dusk or night-time. That means you should always end the previous day’s cycling by making sure your lights are fully charged and ready to go.

Know how to cycle on the road

Many cycle tours take place on the open road, so be sure to consult the government’s information on cycle safety before you begin. Things like being able to observe hazards, getting into the correct riding position on the road, knowing how to communicate your intentions to other road users, and knowing your rights of way are all incredibly important in preventing collisions. 

Carry a first-aid kit 

If the worst comes to worst, or even if you get nicked by a spiky pedal, having a first aid kid to hand will help you patch up any cuts and bruises and continue on with your holiday.

What do you think is crucial for cycling safety? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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