How to be BIKE CONFIDENT
The end of this month (May) sees the arrival of Bike Week, delivered by Cycling UK, is an annual celebration to showcase cycling and how brilliant it is. Join thousands of people all across the UK and enjoy the simple pleasure of riding a bike. Let's make the world better by bike. Bike Week is runs from 30 May to 5 June 202, the theme of Bike Week 2021 is health and wellbeing. Cycling remains a great way to keep fit and active and is a good way to boost immunity, it's also fantastic for your well-being. You can also take part in the virtual #7daysofcycling challenge, giving you an amazing way to reunite with your friends and family in the outdoors. Be inspired by some exciting challenges and routes. The most important thing is to feel safe and confident, whilst having fun.
Your life is possibly full of people (often women) who like the idea of cycling but don’t feel happy that they’d be safe on the road. We can’t have been alone as in 2020 was the year in which bike sales outstripped demand on an epic scale.
Cycling is a free and healthy way of getting from A to B you can’t beat being on your bike. A longer ride on the weekend can be a pretty addictive, its kind on your joints, is an amazing way to meet new people and most group bike rides involve coffee and cake !
So we asked the team @theseatpost for top tips for being more confident in the saddle?
“There has been a massive increase in women’s cycling ever since the 1st lockdown – for example my Mum has a bike now,” says Aimee @theseatpost. “But if the roads were safer, with fewer potholes and more cycle lanes, more people like my Mum would feel more confident to ride further a-field.”
“I know it’s almost impossible to have cycle lanes everywhere, but the Government does need to put some money into the roads infrastructure – there are so many people cycling now and it needs to be safer.”
In the meantime, here are The Seat Posts tips for how you can build your confidence:
1 Do a women-only ride Try a Breeze Ride or an organised British Cycling. They are great ways to meet like minded women in a safe space. The always ride to the steadiest rider, so don't fear getting left or keeping people waiting. We all had to start somewhere.
2 Get lessons You do need to know what you’re doing to make sure you are safe on a bike. Don’t be embarrassed to do your cycle proficiency or a women-specific course. Look at your local cycling club - they will be able to help or point you in the right direction.
3 Remember the little things M Check your bike - Bear with me this isn't jargon … Really simple and will give you the confidence in you and your bike.
4 Don’t ride in the gutter You don’t want cars to be tempted to squeeze past you as that can put you in danger. Ride in a position where you’re not in the way but cars have to make a point of overtaking you.
There are small things you can do which inexperienced cyclists might not think of. For example, when I come up to a junction where a car is waiting to pull out, I always try to make eye contact with the driver – that means I’m a lot more confident that they’ve seen me.
5 Be seen Think bright - act bright. There are so many beautiful women's jerseys and bib shorts out there now - why be dark - BE BRIGHT - BE SAFE - BE SEEN