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Bicycling safety in Britain (page 2)

Scott AndersonTo Graham Smith

We’ve moved on now and are back in France again for the autumn, but I think you’re right.  We found plenty of quiet and empty paved singletrack roads, especially in the north, but best would be if you had the right bike and attitude to leave the pavement more often.  There are large wild areas in the country crisscrossed by unsealed tracks and paths that would be wonderful by bike - or foot, for that matter.

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Scott AndersonTo Graham Smith

We’ve moved on now and are back in France again for the autumn, but I think you’re right.  We found plenty of quiet and empty paved singletrack roads, especially in the north, but best would be if you had the right bike and attitude to leave the pavement more often.  There are large wild areas in the country crisscrossed by unsealed tracks and paths that would be wonderful by bike - or foot, for that matter.

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Leo WoodlandTo Jeff Lee

Riding on the left is no different from riding on the right: you just follow everyone else, helped by the road angling itself in the right direction at roundabouts (rotary junctions) and so on.

Those who habitually ride on the left have to ride on the right when they go elsewhere.

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Victa CalvoTo Leo Woodland

Yep,  agree with that one Leo... 

Driving on "the other side"? No problem: just remember the steering wheel goes to the middle of the road. On a bike? Then the  rear view mirror is to the middle of the road. Still afraid you might forget? Mount a rubber ducky to the handle bar on the "correct" side of the road as a constant reminder (see attached photo).  Still worried? Buy a thumb ring and wear it daily until the transition becomes automatic. Win win: look trendy and be safe. 

From personal experience, this is much more dangerous when off the bike. When in pedestrian mode, always make sure you look both ways before crossing a street. 

Direction finding duck, rear view mirror, bell and compass - got it sorted...
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