The DGT says cycling is one of the most efficient means of transport since it improves traffic flow and reduces pollution levels. It’s also a fun, economical, clean and healthy means of transport.
And if this were not enough, according to American suffragette and feminist Susan B. Anthony, bicycles have done more towards the emancipation of women than anything else in the world. Scott Stoll said: “A bike ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke”; recounted a teacher who toured the world by bike in his book “Falling Uphill.”
And before taking on the world by pedalling, we want to remind you of safety elements that you should keep in mind, as well as how and what to check on your bike:
- Using a Certified Helmet is always recommended and is mandatory for children under 16 in all cases and for seniors on interurban roads.
- It is very important to be able to see and be seen; therefore, it is mandatory to have a white headlight, red tail light and red tail reflector. Bells are also mandatory. Wearing a reflective vest when necessary is also recommended (at night, in a tunnel or on interurban roads).
- Check your bike’s condition: the distance between the saddle and the handlebars (we must be able to reach without having to force it and be certain that the height of the saddle does not exceed that of the handlebars and that our feet reach the ground), the brakes (that they actually brake, that the cable is totally tense, and check the shoes and forks), the changes and the frame (check that they are in good condition and all components are in working order) and the wheels (check tire pressure and condition).
And when you’re a cyclist, you have to remember that you are driving a vehicle, so you need to observe all traffic regulations, properly signal manoeuvres; and of course do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, do not use your mobile phone or earphones or you could be fined, but never take points off your driving license, if you have one.
And finally, Bicycle Insurance, which includes Civil Liability, Healthcare and Theft; hitting a pedestrian, smashing into an opening car door, or finding your bike chain wrapped around a tree…these things happen.