Cycling is a great way to get around uni- it's quick, it saves you money and it'll keep you fit!
There are Sheffield (hoop) stands across campus to park your bike while you're at lectures or just out and about, just make sure you use a good quality lock to keep it safe and, take any removable accessories with you.
While cable locks have been popular in the past, they aren't sufficient to secure your bicycle as they are easily cut through. Instead, get yourself a D lock. It's like a giant padlock to protect your bike from getting stolen!
Now you know how to keep your bike safe, let's see how to keep you safe...
- Clothing- always wear light or fluorescent clothes in daylight and poor light, and reflective clothing/accessories in the dark to help road users see you.
- Backpack- If too heavy or too big, your rucksack can affect your balance so don't take more than you can handle. If you have to question it, it's probably too heavy!
- Helmet- You should already know by now that you need to wear a helmet when riding a bike. Other precautions include making sure it's a snug fit, sits just above your eyebrows and is securely fastened by straps.
- Lights and reflectors - When riding at night or when visibility is poor, it's compulsory to have a white front light, red rear light, red rear reflector and amber/yellow pedal reflectors.
On the move...?
When cycling on roads, you should always stay alert and listen for other road users. To do this you should not be listening to music or using your mobile phone as distractions can cause accidents.
Always make sure you show other drivers what you intend to do by signalling your intended direction...
Follow these steps and you're good to go!