MAKING progress on the road is one of the things that makes bikes so amazing. And many of the things that make you go quicker also, strangely, end up making you safer too. Here's five ways to improve the efficiency of your road rides…
1. Road position
Make yourself massively visible on the road – and you'll often reap the benefits of a better view as well. One example – if you're approaching contraflow roadworks, your lane is one big long queue, and there's nothing coming the other way, then go right onto the 'wrong' side of the road. The further out you are, the farther you can see ahead, and you'll also become more visible to everyone else. Sticking close into the queuing traffic might 'feel' safer, but you're more likely to be U-turned on by an impatient car driver.
The same applies when overtaking a line of queuing cars with an empty opposing lane in town. The further out you are, the farther ahead you’ll be able to see, and the more time you’ll have to react if a pedestrian emerges from the gap in front of a queuing van.