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Cycle Safe Training For Adults Coming to Botley, Kidlington and Abingdon

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Cyclists are being encouraged to sign-up for free training sessions, designed to build confidence and improve safety awareness, particularly on the approach to roundabouts and at busy junctions.

The two hour ‘adults cycling with confidence’ training can be booked by emailing: roadsafety.education@Oxfordshire.gov.uk

The sessions are practical. Participants should come with their bike, safety helmet and appropriate clothing.

The next sessions will take place in Botley, Kidlington and Abingdon as follows:

Botley

Tuesday 2 May 2023, 10am - 12 noon

Meeting point: Seacourt Park and Ride.

Kidlington

Wednesday 3 May 2023, 10am - 12 noon

Meeting point: Front of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’ headquarters, Sterling Road, Kidlington.

Abingdon

Tuesday 6 June 2023, 10am - 12 noon

Meeting point: Front of Abingdon Fire Station, Ock Street.

Andy Ford, from Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service’ community safety team, said: “Cycling is a great way to exercise and an environmentally friendly form of transport. However, it’s important that anyone using their bike is familiar with the Highway Code and the safety critical dos and don’ts, particularly on busy main roads and at junctions.”

Safety advice is also available on Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website Cycle Safety | 365Alive including:

  • Cycle at least half a metre from the kerb to avoid drains and gutters.
  • Never pass nearside between traffic and the pavement especially close to junctions, particularly when there are large vehicles where the driver may not have seen you in their wing mirrors.
  • Don’t ride on the pavement, except where it is designated as a cycle path. Where this is provided, moderate your speed and take care when passing pedestrians and give way at junctions.
  • If a road junction is busy, do not feel you have to continue cycling. You can always get off, push your bike, or walk on the pavement.
  • Don't weave in and out of traffic or change direction suddenly without signalling.
  • Give pedestrians priority when necessary.
  • Use your bell to inform other road users of your presence. Fit a bell if your bicycle is not fitted with one.
  • If you are not confident cycling in moving traffic you may want to consider further cycle training.
  • Wear a cycle helmet, high-visibility clothing or accessories.

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