At Deliveroo, safety is our priority. As a cyclist it’s up to you to make sure that safety is at the top of your priority list too, to help keep yourself and other road users safe.
With this in mind, it’s really important to know the risks of cycling in pedestrian zones.
It’s risky for everyone but even more so for vulnerable people with visual and hearing impairments.
Did you know that in some cities the police may issue on the spot penalty fines for people who cycle on pedestrian-only footpaths? That’s really not how anyone wants to spend their hard-earned cash.
Here are a few tips to help keep you and others safe:
Keep off the pavement
Pavements are for pedestrians, not cyclists or any other road users.
Please steer clear of pedestrian-only footpaths and be sure to stick to cycle-friendly paths such as cycle lanes. It’s also important to dismount where a ‘Cyclist Dismount’ sign is displayed.
Leave your bicycle outside shopping centres
Shopping centres and malls can be extremely busy, it’s therefore no surprise that shopping centres tend to be no-cycle zones.
When collecting an order from a restaurant within a shopping centre, please park your bike safely and securely outside the centre, using cycle stands or other cycle parking facilities wherever possible.
This will really help improve your experience as a rider, as well as those frantic shoppers.
Be safe, be seen
Being visible to all road users – including pedestrians – helps to keep you and others safe on the road. As it gets dark during the winter months, it can be even trickier to spot cyclists, for example when a pedestrian is crossing the road.
Brightly coloured clothing, preferably fluorescent and reflective, and working lights on your bicycle help to ensure that other road users can see you.
Remember, your bicycle must be fitted with a white front light, a red rear light, a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors (front and rear on each pedal).