Learn about how to change lanes safely when cycling in an urban environment
How to change lanes safely
In this video you will learn how to change lanes safely.
The three key steps are: looking behind, signalling with the hand and switching lanes gradually.
Refer to the video: How to Learn to Ride a Bike as an Adult: 4/4 - Exercises - for tips on how to look over your shoulder whilst cycling Step 1.
When you want to change lanes, it is important to look behind at least a couple of times.
Once you are sure that the road behind is clear of any vehicles closeby and you have a safe enough distance to change lanes, signal your intentions by stretching out your hand.
Move to the lane beside and look behind again.
You might have to switch lanes gradually, especially on larger roads.
Follow the same process until you get to the desired lane.
Note that it's better to slow right down, or even stop, rather than change lanes when it is unsafe to do.
If you are changing lanes to turn, make sure to look ahead to where you want to turn to make sure that the path is clear To summarize, always look behind, signalwith your hand and switch lanes gradually.
Ride safe and enjoy your ride.