Activities / Countryside Cycling Code
Wherever you are cycling, make sure you are familiar with the good cycling code.
On all routes...
- Always cycle with respect for others, whether other cyclists, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, horse-riders or drivers, and acknowledge those who give way to you.
On shared paths...
- Fit a bell and use it, donít surprise people
- Please give way to pedestrians, leaving them plenty of room
- Keep to your side of the dividing line
- Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary
- Donít expect to cycle at high speeds
- Be careful at junctions, bends and entrances
- Remember that many people are hard of hearing or visually impaired. Donít assume they can see or hear you
- Give way where there are wheelchair users and horse riders
On public roads...
- Always follow the Highway Code
- Affix cycle lights and use them in poor visibility
- Keep your bike road worthy
- Be seen - most cycle accidents happen at junctions
- Donít cycle on pavements except where designated; pavements are for pedestrians
- Use your bell, not all pedestrians can see you
And in the countryside...
- Follow the Country Code
- Respect other land management activities such as farming or forestry
- Take litter home
- Keep erosion to a minimum if off-road
- Cycle within your capabilities
- Match your speed to the surface and your skills
- Be self sufficient - carry food, bike repair kit, map and waterproofs in remote areas