This week is Road Safety Week which is an opportunity to educate and inspire people to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages. We spoke to SRUC employee and regular cyclist Simon Jackson on the benefits of cycling to work and for his tips on road safety.
Why do you cycle to work?
I bought my bike through the cycle to work scheme a year ago because I wanted to improve my health and fitness. Too much sitting at my desk, so the opportunity to turn my commute into my daily exercise was too good to pass up.
What do you feel are the main benefits to cycling to work?
Aside from the health aspect I save quite a bit of money on Petrol and don’t get stuck in traffic as often. I find it a lot more relaxing than being in the car. It’s also good to know it’s healthier for the environment too.
What kit do you require?
The bike, some panniers if you want to bring clothes or items to and from work. A helmet. Suitable clothes for cycling in, preferably warmer gear, flexible for jumping on and off. Gloves are a must. Lights, a good lock, a pump for the tires, and a repair kit is also useful for when you eventually get a puncture. All of the kit even the clothing is available from the cycle stores that we use for the cycle to work scheme and are covered under your allowance, so I used that.
What road safety advice would you give to a new cyclist?
Make sure you’re as visible as possible so always wear high visibility clothing. You can use your flashing lights at any time of day as an extra warning sign for cars. Expect cars not to notice you at times and watch for their movements. Being alert to them means you can be safer. Stick to the cycle lanes where you can.