Cycling is a great activity whether you are doing it professionally or recreationally. It can provide a great adrenaline rush, help to improve your mood, or be the ideal way to relax. However, with the rise of traffic accidents recently, it is also important to familiarise yourself with the rules of the road and the complex cycling laws.

For example, if you are cycling in the UK, you must ride with lights, one red on the rear and one white on the front, fixed, working, and operating on your bike during the hours of darkness. It is an offence if you do not. Also, it is an offence to ride on a public footpath that does not have a dedicated cycle lane, but it is possible to cycle on a bridleway. It is rules such as this that make it difficult to become comfortable with the different laws that govern cycling.

Similarly, if you go cycling abroad, it is vitally important that you find the rules and acquaint yourself with these before you start out on your bike.

Of course, many of the accidents that occur on our roads are not always caused by cyclists acting in a negligent way. It can be that another road user has jeopardised your safety by not paying attention, for example, a driver not checking their mirrors before changing lanes. It can be helpful to familiarise yourself with the rules of the road for other users just in case you feel yourself needing to rely on these in the event of an accident.  

Be sure to check out the relevant laws, it will pay off in the long run.