If you’re taking to the saddle in Ireland, make sure safety comes first.
Rules for safe cycling
- Always cycle on the left and don’t cycle on sidewalks. Cyclists should show consideration to pedestrians on shared sidewalk and beware vehicles indicating to turn left.
- Riders should always travel in single file when roads are narrow or busy and never more than two abreast.
- Wear helmets.
- If cycling at night, make sure your bike has a rear reflector and a working back-light.
- Wear a highly visible color to ensure you can be well spotted by motorists and fellow cyclists.
- Wear sensible clothing and footwear, and make sure to bring wind- and waterproof gear.
- Buy provisions locally for trips into the countryside – there can be long stretches with no shops.
- Securely lock your bike, especially in large towns and cities. Panniers should be removed for safekeeping.
- Bring a small first aid kit, some form of identification, emergency contact details in case of accidents, and remember insurance.
- Bicycles should be overhauled before leaving home. It’s advisable to bring a spare tire and tube, as sizes available in Ireland may differ. A pump, puncture repair kit and basic tool kit should also be carried (when traveling with an Irish specialist cycle operator, these are all provided).