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How to overtake obstacles

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Whether it’s road works, parked cars or a hazard, you will sometimes need to overtake something that’s in the way of where you would like to ride. Simon Vincett explains how it’s done, with illustrations by Karl Hilzinger. Life is often littered with obstacles and the riding life is no exception. No sweat. It’s just
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How to ride on the footpath

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The footpath has its own special set of hazards to be aware of and to anticipate. With a bit of practice, scanning and preparing for these become second nature. Simon Vincett explains. Riding on the footpath is an art in itself. It’s still not allowed for adults in three Australian states but for kids under
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Ride with confidence

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Know the rules and best strategies to reduce your risks and ride with confidence. Simon Vincett explains. Communication Scan ahead and slow down if you’re not sure whether someone has seen you or if they will give way. Communicate using your bell, your voice, hand signals and eye contact. Put on your lights when it
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Overtaking on the left

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  This right for bike riders creates one of the most confusing situations for riders and drivers to negotiate. Simon Vincett explains the Australian road rules with practical examples. Bikes are the only vehicles on the road in Australia that can legally overtake other vehicles on the left [RR141]. This special entitlement follows logically from
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Crash. Bang. What next?

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Harriet Edmund advises what you need to do—and what you need to know—if you are involved in a crash. You know the importance of staying vigilant while you ride into work but the road is greasy and nothing has prepared you for what’s about to happen. A motorist suddenly turns left, cutting in front of
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How to turn right

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Do you use a hook turn to turn right? It’s a great risk-reduction tool for riders, Simon Vincett explains. Moving to the middle of the road to turn right is a nerve-wracking situation for many bike riders but fortunately it can be mostly avoided. The answer is a hook turn. Hook turns are familiar to
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Top risks to riders

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  There are many confident riders who have the knack of identifying the risks on the roads, and who have developed good riding practices to manage the uncertainty that shadows every vulnerable road user. But are riders totally responsible for their welfare, or do other road users, and roads management authorities, also have an obligation
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How to ride a roundabout

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Are you confident of when to give way and when to take your turn in a roundabout? Simon Vincett explains. To ride a roundabout confidently you need to be assertive about taking your turn and you need to indicate clearly. Traffic can flow quickly, so you must be clear about what you’re doing. The rules
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Protecting the vulnerable

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As bike rider numbers increase on Australia’s roads, so too do calls for law reform to cater for vulnerable road users. Simon Vincett investigates. Craig Saunders loved to ride. He was fit and confident—a sensible road user. He knew the roads in Tasmania’s Huon Valley, just south of Hobart, like the back of his hand. He
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Mind your manners

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Showing a little consideration for your fellow riders makes bike lanes and paths more welcoming to all, finds Margot McGovern. There’s nothing like the early signs of spring. The first buds appear on bare branches and hibernating bike riders awaken, taking to the roads once more. Popular routes are suddenly crowded, there are longer queues at traffic lights and some
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