Cycling hints and tips from Cycle Law Scotland

(These are from Cycle Law Scotland, so are for information, rather than an endorsement of them. Full disclosure: LCCC’s webweaver (Bruce Ryan) is personally in favour of CLS’s work. He particularly likes tips 6 and 14: don’t cycle on the pavement and do enjoy your cycling! He adds: in these benighted times, a decent lock is a must.

You can download a PDF of these hints and tips from CLS HINTS AND TIPS INFO CARD. Please distribute it however you can!)

  1. ‘M’ Check – before every cycle it is worth carrying out the ‘M’ check to make sure your bike is in working order and ready for your planned route.
  2. Helmet – although not a legal requirement, wearing a helmet is advisable and will protect your head from injury in a low speed impact. It will also keep the wind out of your hair.
  3. Bike Lights – if you are cycling in the dark, lights are a legal requirement. Light up, they help you to be seen but also help you to see the road ahead.
  4. Bell – can be particularly useful on cycle paths. They can be used to warn others of your presence to avoid incidents between cyclists and pedestrians and cyclists with other cyclists.
  5. High Visibility Clothing – although not a legal requirement, it does help to increase your visibility on the road. It is also advisory under the Highway Code.
  6. Pavements – it is illegal to cycle on the pavement unless it is a shared use path. A shared path will have a blue sign with a bicycle showing that you are allowed to cycle there.
  7. Primary & Secondary Road Positions – adopting a primary position on the road helps to increase your visibility and safety.
  8. Planning Your Route – tell someone where you plan to go if you are out cycling alone. If you know the route and how far you are planning to cycle, you can make sure you have enough food and water with you as well as the likely hazards you may come across.
  9. Puncture Repair Kit, Tube & Pump – it is always helpful to carry these when out cycling. Even if you cannot repair a puncture, another cyclist may be able to stop and provide assistance.
  10. Dress for the Weather – the weather is ever-changing in Scotland so make sure to check the forecast and plan your route and any stops accordingly. A waterproof is all too often required. You can store this in a small rucksack.
  11. Glasses – helpful in sun, wind or rain and especially when you have all three! Glasses protect your eyes against insects and from your eyes watering which can blur your vision.
  12. Take your Mobile – This allows you to take lovely photos while out enjoying your ride but also enables you to call for help if you ever need to.
  13. Take Cash – for any cake and coffee stops you want along the way.
  14. Enjoy being out on your bicycle – remember, you have every right to be there. Cycling is a great way to get around; it’s good for your health and for the environment.

LCCC draft November minutes

Click to download: 2017_11_27 draft

Please note that these are draft, and cannot be taken as accurate until approved (possibly after amendment) at LCCC’s January 2018 meeting. (LCCC will not meet in December.)

If you have any comments on these minutes, please lets us know. See our contacts page.

 

Stakeholder Update 116 – Leith Programme – Phase 4

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion of Leith Programme Project Team, sent at 11:54 on 2017_11_23)

In our last communication (27th October) we explained that the Contractor would be commencing the making good of defective works within remote worksites on Leith Walk.  This work is progressing well and we have taken the opportunity to also make good some defects in the work carried out during Phase 2 of the Leith Programme between the Foot of the Walk and Dalmeny Street.

Our current programme is as follows:

  • Replace bus shelter and install bus tracker at Albert Street – Complete
  • Phase 2 remedial works as above – Due to complete by 24th November
  • Make good surfacing to the southbound bus stop bypass at Shrubhill – Due to complete by 1st December
  • Resolve ponding issue to Brunswick Street cycleway – Due to complete by 1st December
  • Remove temporary footway ramps at Iona Street and Albert Street – Due to complete by 1st December
  • General making good works to kerbs and road/footway chambers – Due to complete by 1st December

Thank you for bearing with us as we complete these works.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Leith Programme Email address: leith.programme@edinburgh.gov.uk

Kind regards

Michael Motion
Leith Programme Project Team