6 Safety tips for cyclists: Your Guide to a Safer Ride

Today, we delve into the critical topic of safety while riding a bike. Whether commuting to work, biking on country roads, or exploring mountain trails, the roads can be unpredictable and dangerous. As cyclists, we must always remain vigilant and attentive to these possible dangers lurking in every corner. Regardless of how we look at it, we are responsible for our safety at the end of the day. In this blog, we will shed light on the importance of being alert and vigilant while out on the road and how to deal with careless motorists. We also touch on road rules in Europe and beyond. Safety should always start with you! Adjusting your mindset as you prepare yourself for the ride. Here are my 6 Safety tips for cyclists.

1: The Careless Motorists

Picture this: you’re riding your bike, enjoying the breeze, when suddenly, a reckless motorist carelessly speeds past, causing you to veer off the road. Unfortunately, stories like these are all too familiar. Inconsiderate motorists pose a significant threat to cyclists. It is crucial to understand that not everyone on the road shares the love and respect for cycling as we do, as most motorists cringe when they see a cyclist on the road. It is crucial to constantly adjust your position on the road; we must assume that drivers might not see us, and therefore, we must take every precaution possible. Stay vigilant at all times while out in traffic, even on quiet roads; your attentiveness will assist you in avoiding any unforeseen accidents.

2: Never Leave Anything to Chance: Invest in proper cycling gear.

Safety should always be our top priority, regardless of the type of cycling we indulge in. Invest in proper safety gear, such as good helmets, reflective clothing, and lights to increase visibility. Maintain your bike regularly, ensuring brakes, tires, chains, and gears are in optimal condition. Remember, our lives are at stake here, so never leave anything to chance. Preparation can sometimes be the difference between a smooth ride and a dangerous situation.

3: Commuting to Work – Embrace the Challenge

Commuting to work on two wheels is a fantastic way to stay fit; it has a lot of health benefits, is good for the environment, and, my favorite, beats the traffic! However, it’s vital to ride defensively in congested city streets. Be mindful of blind spots, use hand signals to indicate turns, and follow traffic rules meticulously. Always wear a Bicycle helmet and bright clothing to be noticeable to motorists. Remember, arriving safely at work is far better than risking your well-being. Refrain from getting complaisant, as this can quickly happen when navigating the same roads daily, so always practice mindfulness.

4: Road Biking on Country Roads – Embrace the Scenery, but Stay Alert

Country roads offer picturesque views and a sense of freedom that city cycling cannot match. However, they also present unique challenges. Be cautious of uneven surfaces, potholes, and unpredictable wildlife. Maintain a safe distance from vehicles by riding as close to the sidelines as possible. Never assume that drivers will anticipate your movements. Ride single file when cycling in groups, and always be prepared for unexpected obstacles.

5: Mountain Biking in the Woods and Trails – Nature’s Playground

Mountain biking can be exhilarating, taking you on an adventure through nature’s beauty. But don’t let the thrill distract you from potential dangers. Always check the trail difficulty level and ensure it matches your skills. Wear cycling protective gear, like elbow and knee pads, and carry essential tools and first aid supplies. Inform someone about your route and expected return time, especially if you’re alone and venturing into remote areas with limited cell reception. Last, invest in a compass and a power bank should you not find your way out of the woods.

6: Familiarize yourself with traffic Rules and regulations.

Understanding road rules in different countries, whether cycling locally or exploring the world, is crucial. In Europe, many countries have cyclist-friendly laws; in Sweden, for example, a bicycle is recognized as a vehicle, which means that a rider has much right to be on the road as any other vehicle, but this means that if a rider does not obey the rules, they will get fined just like other vehicle road users. Staying informed about specific regulations is vital. Research the local road rules and customs to ensure a safe and enjoyable cycling experience when traveling internationally. To learn more about the traffic rules and regulations for cyclists in Europe, check out this LINK for countries within the European Union. 


Safety on the road is less talked about, while the increasing number of novice cyclists is slowly becoming a concern. Of course, there are so many more cycling safety tips; we can explore them in a different article; for now, these are my top 6 Safety tips for cyclists! Safety is the bedrock of every cycling journey. Careless and inconsiderate motorists are a reality we must all face. Still, by taking charge of our safety and adhering to road rules, we can mitigate risks and enjoy cycling to the fullest. Always have a loved one on speed dial during any ride, and always carry your pocket ID or similar should anything happen and you need assistance. So, let’s pedal with vigilance, respect, and a sense of responsibility. 

You do you! Enjoy the ride and do what makes you Happy.

Did you find this topic helpful in any way? We all have wake-up calls or close encounters from time to time! Please engage in the comments; what stood out to you the most, and which of these 6 tips do you relate with?

Until next time, ride safely and ride responsibly.

Lesson on Road Safety: A Heart-stopping Encounter.

Tyresö kommun, Lindalen

It was a typical Saturday afternoon, on a pedestrian and bike road that was buzzing with activity. Cyclists whizzed down the cycling path, while pedestrians hurriedly walked on their side of the pathway. Midst the chaos, I found myself riding my road bike at an estimated speed of 30-35km/h, fully immersed in the joy of the moment. Little did I know that within seconds, my life would be hanging in the balance, all because of a reckless driver.

A Near Miss: A Lesson Learned.

As I rode down the road, I suddenly noticed a car approaching. Assuming the driver would stop, I continued my course. However, to my horror, the driver showed no sign of slowing down. Panic surged through me, but instinct and adrenaline took over, empowering me to take quick action. With my senses on high alert, I pressed both brakes, skilfully controlling my bike to avoid a devastating collision.

The Split-Second Decision.

Time seemed to stand still as I estimated the distance between us, it must have been around 15 to 20 meters, far too close for comfort considering the speed at the time. My heart pounded, and my mind raced, contemplating the worst-case scenario. Yet, in that moment of fear and uncertainty, I made the split-second decision that would save my life: I stopped my rear wheel with all my might and gently applied pressure to the front wheel, allowing me to swerve behind the car unharmed.

A Chance for Reflection

The driver’s apologetic voice faintly drifted to my ears as she saw me struggling for my life on the bike, and during the worst possible moment of my life, I hear “förlåt, förlåt, förlåt!” she cried out and pleaded apologetically with remorse. But her remorse did not excuse her careless actions. Still, As I caught my breath and steadied my nerves, I looked back to see if she would stop. I was left baffled with confusion; she did not stop to at least check if I was OK. I did not manage to see her face for me to determine if she understood the gravity of the situation and what she had done because she fled the scene with the disgraceful shame that any driver should feel if caught driving like that with negligence. By grace, Thankfully, I escaped unscathed, but the incident left a lasting impact on me.

This was a moment of true reflection!

“you are always one choice away from a totally different life” unknown

Embracing Responsibility and Awareness

In the aftermath of this heart-stopping encounter, I am reminded of the fragility of life and the importance of road ethics. As cyclists, we are vulnerable road users, and we must always remain hyper-aware of our surroundings. Every one of us must embrace the responsibility of keeping ourselves and others safe while pursuing our passions. We Have the responsibility of following the rules, but we cannot assume that everyone on the road has the same attitude regarding this subject matter.

The exit rule, example
The exit rule, example

As much as Cyclists need to be vigilant and adhere to the rules of the road, motorists do have the same obligation! We do not own the road, therefore; no one should claim priority over the other.

An extract from the swedish driving theory book (korkortonline.se) A lesson on road safety: Divers and Cyclists, Here are a few commonsense rules to exercise and keep in mind regarding exiting!  

The exit rule!

“The exit rule” (for motorists) means that you must give way when exiting:

  • A car park (both from the parking space and the parking area itself).
  • A property (house or similar).
  • A gas filling station
  • A pedestrian street, home zone, bicycle street, hard shoulder, or off-road area.
  • A walk path or bicycle path that you are about to cross.


This heart stopping encounter was an eye-opener, and I share my experience to remind everyone, cyclists and drivers alike, to exercise caution and empathy on the road. For me, This was a lesson as well as a reminder that we cannot assume that others know the rules; instead, we must lead by example, making well-informed decisions while prioritizing safety. Let us not wait for a close call to remind us of the importance of vigilance and mindfulness.

In Conclusion:

This day was a day that could have changed my life forever. A moment of inattentiveness from the driver and a slight misjudgment on my part nearly resulted in a disaster. But through divine intervention and quick thinking, I believe God allowed me to narrowly avoid a catastrophe. Mine is a tale of Grace and This incident serves as a stark reminder of how fragile life is. Therefore, I cannot stress enough the significance of maintaining road ethics.

I hope that this story resonates with all who read it, leaving a lasting impression of the critical need for safety and awareness on the road. Whether we are seasoned cyclists or novice riders, each journey holds the potential for unforeseen challenges. Let us come together as a community, prioritizing safety above all else, so that we may continue to enjoy the thrill of cycling while minimizing the risk of injury to ourselves and others.

Stay safe, ride responsibly, and let us never forget the lessons learned from moments like these. Together, we can create a road culture that fosters respect, understanding, and compassion for all those who share the road.

Thank you for your time and if this resonated with you, please engage in the comments about your personal close encounter while out on the road or if something stood out for you in this article.

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Until next time, have a good one.

Aubrey Boqwana