New book advises how to cycle safer

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging cyclists to 'claim their lane', in 'How to be a better cyclist', a practical guide to cycling, launched in London yesterday.

Last month,  we reported that the IAM were advocating a more assertive stance from cyclists and yesterday they made that a bit more formal with the launch of 'How to be a better cyclist' a guide which provides comprehensive advice for safer cycling. It is aimed at current and would-be cyclists of any level of experience. It also champions the idea of cyclists taking up a primary position on the road.

Duncan Pickering, IAM Cycling Development Manager, said: “Many cyclists are unsure whether to stick to the kerb or push out into the road when riding in towns. How to be a better cyclist advises cyclists to stay nearer but not close to the kerb on long, even stretches, but where safe and appropriate to do so, to assert themselves (such as when approaching a side road), pushing out into the road and making themselves visible to drivers.”

Steered by advice from cycling expert John Franklin, How to be a better cyclist not only offers advice on staying safe on the roads, it explores techniques that allow cyclists to better integrate with traffic, react dynamically to changing situations and make better progress. In short, to make cycling a more satisfying and enjoyable experience.

Simon Best, IAM Chief Executive, says: “The IAM hopes that people of any age will use How to be a better cyclist to get the most out of their cycle journeys, whether in the town or the country, and that the book will reach those who could benefit from our knowledge and experience.”

Available from IAM website £9.99


OldRidgeback [2728 posts] 6 years ago

Yet more good sense from the IAM. I'm impressed. I wish all driver's groups followed similar lines.

TheOldCog [113 posts] 6 years ago

After reading some of the recent stuff generated by IAM, I'm surprised that the copyright owners of the National Standards for Cycling, which are currently being taught to many school children across the UK, aren't issuing an a court order to protect their material.

Still the more places the message gets out the better.

BTW - I am a National Standards (aka Bikeability) instructor

skippy [414 posts] 6 years ago

Well someone finally realises that "Cyclists" need to be in the middle of the lane to be seen!
Motorists following a cyclist have no idea about the condition of the road or the dangers posed by vehicles impatiently trying to access the street you are on from a side street, most of these intruding are busy multi tasking rather than concentrating on the dangers they will impose on others!
I will never approach a side street in any other way than the middle of the street and even then find that evasive tactics are required far too often.
Too much "me,me,me" by drivers who flatten the accelarator causing skidding and excess fumes is the norm these days, oh the cyclist shouldn't have been in the way is not an excuse for this behaviour.