Cycle map: Sutton and Kirkby in Ashfield
Cycling is a great way to keep fit, while avoiding the congestion on many roads.
Top tips for safer riding:
- Keep your bike in good working order, particularly the brakes, steering and tyres.
- Always keep a look out for possible hazards. It is best to ride around any obstacles if possible, but try to avoid any sudden, sharp movements.
- Look all around before moving off. When changing direction, look behind and if safe, signal clearly before turning.
- Be especially careful when leaving a cycle route as most cycle accidents happen when cyclists rejoin moving traffic.
- If you are unable to avoid a roundabout or busy junction and are unsure how to tackle it, get off your bike and walk across.
- Be safe, be seen. Wear something fluorescent during the day or reflective at night. At night and in poor light make sure your front and rear lights are lit and that your red rear reflector can be seen. It is against the law to cycle at night without lights.
- Plan your route ahead, note any possible hazards and think about how you will overcome these.
- Cycle training can help your confidence and skills.
- Invest in a good quality solid lock and always use it whenever you park your bicycle.
- Cycle helmets can reduce the possibility of serious head injury, providing that they are worn correctly, although they will not stop you having an accident.
- When using shared paths please give way to pedestrians, wheelchair users and horse riders. Be prepared to slow down and use your bell to warn people on foot.
0115 853 2948 www.sustrans.org.uk
Sustrans is a practical cycling charity coordinating the building of the National Cycle Network. Three routes of the National Cycle Network run through Nottinghamshire:
- Route 6: Nottingham to Worksop or Derby
- Route 15: Nottingham to Bingham
- Route 64: Bingham to Lincoln
01372 464 666 www.thenationalbyway.org
The National Byway is a 3,200 miles (5,150 km) sign-posted leisure cycling route, around England and parts of Wales and Scotland, providing discreet sign-posted direction along some of the most attractive and peaceful rural lanes.
01483 238 301 www.cyclinguk.org
Formerly known as the CTC, Cycling UK has championed cycling for more than 140 years, inspiring people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover the joys of cycling.
Reporting an issue
If you would like to report a public highway matter; including pavement and road defects, cycling issues and street light faults please contact Nottinghamshire County Council
For off-highway routes (e.g. through parks) and street cleansing, please contact Ashfield District Council: