Handle the bike – prize-winning traffic safety seminar for sports cyclists

| May 29, 2017

In Denmark, and this sets it apart from many other countries, there is a more obvious and visible difference between sports cyclists and everyday cyclists. The vast majority of Danes do their day-to-day cycling in ordinary clothes – from jeans and suits to high heels; in many other countries around the world cycling is a part of a much more sporty environment.

Overtake in style

Overtake in style

Sports cyclists are to a rising degree becoming the cause of conflicts and dangerous situations with the other traffic users, cars as well as other cyclists or pedestrians – even the ones that they are exercising with. No matter what, in a societal sense cycling is good, but crashes and road rage must be minimised.

The point is to strengthen the abilities of the cyclists so that they avoid bringing themselves and others into trouble while the urge to exercise is retained.

Don’t make yourself or others fall

’Handle the bike’ is a prize-winning competence seminar for sports cyclists about good traffic behaviour and accident prevention. The aim is to heighten safety and reduce the number of accidents amongst sports cyclists, both when they cycle themselves and in a group, as well as create a better co-existence with the other traffic users. Overtake with respect the way you yourself would prefer to be overtaken by a car.

From a cyclist to a cyclist

With my background as an elite cyclist and 15 years of experience creating good conditions for cycling, I have a strong foundation to understanding both worlds.

The key is to meet the sports cyclists on their own terms and not as an authority demanding that the cyclist uses a bell and reflectors. Cyclists have their own tribal language, both verbally and via signs. The key is to find a balance rather than just preach what the law says.

 Cycling as a form of exercise makes the cyclists go faster, in some cases in larger or smaller groups, whereby three challenges arise;

  • Conflict between cyclists at different speeds.
  • Behaviour between cyclists and drivers, particularly when cyclists are in a group.
  • The inexperienced sports cyclist often lacks skills steering and controlling the bike at speed.

 The seminar goes through practical and useful tips about how to focus attention and ways to avoid crashing by pointing out the situations that experience tells us lead to accidents in connection with cycling, both alone and when cycling in a group.

Watch a stopmotion example on how to cycle in a group here.

The cyclists show the different technical tips and tricks

Co actors: The cyclists show the different technical tips and tricks

Tips & tricks

Accidents and crashes often happen because of inattentiveness and tiredness, so it is important to gain practice cycling alone and in a group, focusing on learning how to handle the racer bike, which takes specific skills.

Awareness

One of the most important things is awareness. Many crashes can be prevented by being aware of what goes on around you. Do you see a person in a parked car? Well, then there is a risk of a car door opening suddenly. And remember that time is your friend – the time heading towards an obstacle works for you, and the last thing you want to do is lock the brakes.

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