Chris Boardman, MBE, is a British former racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics,broke the world hour record three times, and won three stages and wore the yellow jersey
on three separate occasions at the Tour deFrance. In 1992, he was awarded an MBE for services to cycling.
We caught up with Chris to ask him about his top safety tips when riding your bike.
1. Think about your route
Choose the type of roads you go on beforehand. We’ve all got google maps and ways to look. There’s lots of information online so choose quiet roads, tracks and paths. Whatever it is that makes you feel comfortable and whatever it is that enhances your experience.
Check out: https://maps.google.co.uk/
Make sure you take lights. Even if it’s a dim day, it doesn’t do any harm to have good bike lights. There are some great ones out there so make sure you stay visible.
Check out: www.wiggle.co.uk/
3. Be safe
Obey the rules of the road. It goes without saying for everybody. Check out: www.rospa.com/road-safety/
If you are new to cycling, get some bike training. Bikeability training is fantastic. Its not just for kids, adults do it as well. It’s a great, fun way to build up your own confidence and get some supervision and some hints and tips from people who know how to do it. Check out: https://bikeability.org.uk/