Yesterday, we were treated with a lunchtime visit from Jean from Cycle Training UK, who took us through some tips for keeping safe and having fun on our bikes. Amongst attendees were some seasoned cyclists who were keen to refresh their memory. A few curious potential cyclists also came to gain some confidence, and learn some basics about bikes and good behaviour on the road.
A few of Jean's pearls of wisdom included the fact that it's actually a legal requirment to have front and back lights attached to your bike, you should always postition yourself at least a door's width away from parked cars and stay away from HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles), and that cyclists have the same right to use the road as motorists. A strong message was about communicating with other road users by being visible and maintaining eye contact. And be friendly!
The informative session has encouraged some Bow Arts colleagues to take up the offer of one-to-one training sessions to get a bit more hands on experience, and reinforced the love of cycling for the already converted: something for everyone.
This workshop and our bike maintenance sessions are accessed for free through the fabulous TfL Cycle Workplace scheme.