Get trained - Before you start, it's best to get some proper training. Cycling proficiency courses take place all the time. Check with your local council, local schools.
Wear a helmet - Always wear cycle helmets to prevent head injuries. It needs to be positioned squarely on the head, and NOT tilted back or tipped forwards.
Check your bike - Click here to download a quick bike check. Use this before you set off.
Be alert and plan your route - Before you set out plan the safest route. Allow ample time to inform vehicles behind of your intention to turn either left or right with hand signals.
Be seen and heard - At night you must show a white front light and a red rear one, plus a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors. Wear reflective materials at night and fluorescent materials in the day - clothing made of both is best. It is also a good idea to fit a bell to your bike which will also help you warn others of your approach.
Rules of the road - Know the Highway Code - it's not just for cars! Use cycle lanes and paths, and never ride more than two side-by-side - on narrow roads stay in single file.
Be Self-sufficient - Carry food, water, spares, a lock, tube and a pump. Consider a first aid kit. Even if its warm the weather could turn so take wind/waterproofs. Pack lights if you could finish in the dark.