Road-positioning

Road positioning for bike riders

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Like your body language says as much as your words in a conversation, your riding language —where you ride on the road—tells others what you’re doing. Simon Vincett suggests strategies for communicating to the traffic. Whether you are blessed with bountiful bike lanes or you have to mix it with the traffic for all your
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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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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 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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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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Ride On digest

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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday. Local news Australia’s biggest cafe crawl If you’re keen to try some of the bean bars included in our ‘Australia’s top 50 bike-friendly cafes’ post, Steve Bennett has them all mapped out. Thanks Steve! Get the full scoop >>    
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Teens in traffic

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Should teenagers ride on the road? Simon Vincett takes a look at why those 12 years and older should be able to ride on the footpath.  Hobart’s Emma Pharo is the mum of two active teenage boys. They love riding their bikes  to school or to friends’ houses  in their downtime. Pharo is relaxed about
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Risky business

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Many people ride home after a few drinks, but should they? Margot McGovern investigates.  The inside of Jamie’s** arm is blue and purple—in fact it’s hard to see any normal skin colour at all. It’s a brutal bruise—the result of a night out on the booze and a shaky ride home. Jamie explains he was riding down a hill and hit
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Rule of the road

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It’s almost summer, and with the warmer weather bringing more riders onto Australia’s roads and paths,  Margot McGovern has a timely refresher on the road rules all cyclists—from roadies to commuters—should know. By law, bike riders are legitimate road users and, as such, have the same rights and responsibilities as all other road users. However, there are some rules that
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Watch that door!

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Colliding with a car door is the number one cause of injury to riders. Emma Clark investigates how to take preventative action.  The law Australia’s road laws state it is an offence to open a vehicle door into oncoming traffic. This includes when the vehicle is parked and the engine is turned off, passenger doors
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