Do you need cycling tuition? Answers page

Here are the correct answers to our do you need cycling tuition quiz

1. Which is the correct position for starting to pedal?

Start positions

The correct answer is photo 3.

Your head needs to be up so you can see where you’re going, this is also better for your balance

Your right pedal needs to be level with the down tube and your foot on the pedal

Your left foot needs to be on the ground

Your hands need to be on the brakes.

When you’re ready to pedal, let go of the brakes, push down with your right foot and forward with your left foot.

(in photo 1, the right foot is on the ground and the left foot is on the pedal.  In photo 2, the head is down).

2.How often should you carry out a safety check on your bike?

You should do a safety check of your bike each time you are about to ride it, including if your bike has been parked somewhere or if it’s been in the back of a car. If you come on one of our courses we will teach you how to do this.

3. From which side should you get on the bike? Left or right?

Left. This is to avoid getting dust and dirt on the chain, and also because it’s safer if you’re getting on your bike in traffic. You should also get off from the left.

4. All cyclists are required by law to wear a helmet – true or false?

False – it is not a legal requirement. However we encourage people to wear a helmet and we request that children attending any of our rides or training sessions to wear a helmet. We have adult and child helmets available for use free of charge on rides and classes.

5. It is legal to cycle on the pavement – true or false?

False – it is illegal, unless the pavement has been designated as being shared by pedestrians and cyclists, in which case there will be signs. It is also illegal for children to cycle on the pavement although it is unlikely that the police will take action against a young child cycling sensibly on the pavement.  On our training courses, children learn how to avoid colliding with pedestrians, animals and street furniture.

6. If there is a cycle lane then cyclists must use it instead of the road – true or false?

False – it is not compulsory to use a cycle lane – it is up to the cyclist to decide which is safest out of using the cycle lane or staying on the road.  In this photo, the cyclist has chosen not to use the cycle lane.  This is because he considers that it is more difficult to see and be seen by other road users in the cycle lane.  If you come on one of our training courses you will learn more about this.

7. What is the minimum distance you should cycle from the kerb?

60cm from the kerb. If you cycle too close to the kerb then you are more likely to meet hazards such as uneven manhole covers, poor road surface, litter and debris.  In this photo, the cyclist is 60cm from the kerb, which means she will avoid the drain cover that is coming up on her left.


8. If you’re passing a parked car, how far away should you be?

A car door’s width. If it’s a larger vehicle like a van or lorry,  then it should be the width of that vehicle’s door.  In this photo, the cyclist is comfortably a car door’s width away.  This is safer for the cyclist in the event of the parked car pulling out, or the car door opening.  It also puts her in control of any vehicles behind her, which discourages them from overtaking her while she is passing the parked vehicle.

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