Useful Links and Advice

See below for useful contacts and web sites for more details / information on various topics. One link you might want to store among your favourites is our Facebook page

Is cycling dangerous? No, in general cycling in Britain is a relatively safe activity. Using official police reported road casualty figures, road traffic reports, population statistics, and the National Travel Survey Cycling UK calculated that, on average, over 2012-2016:

  • one cyclist was killed on Britain’s roads for every thirty million miles traveled by cycle – the equivalent of well over 1,000 times around the world
  • there were around 9.4 million cycle trips for every cycle death
  • the general risk of any severity while cycling was just 0.05 per 1,000 hours of cycling.
  • According to a paper that looked at sports injuries, tennis is riskier than “outdoor cycling” with 5 injures per thousand hours against 3.5 for cycling. Rowing machine exercise came in at 6 injuries per thousand hours.
  • The health benefits of cycling far outweigh the injury risks, by between 13 and 15 to 1, according to various studies (and depending on the benefits/disbenefits considered).

The graph below shows the numbers of cyclists injured on the roads of Gloucestershire.


A map of incidents in which road users were killed or seriously injured (KSI)

St Johns ambulance 1st aid for cyclists app

In Case of Emergency tags

How best to call the Emergency services

How best to report your location, using the what3words app

Some advice on keeping your bones strong

The Definitive Guide to Safer Cycling

A Practical Guide to Road Safety

How close to the kerb should you ride?

Road Peace, the National Charity for road crash victims

Navigational aids

Trid and tested routes to the Club’s favourite pubs and cafes can be found under the Club Rides tab on our web page. The table contains routes as links to RideWithGPS. Many of the cafe locations are linked to a map in the grid reference column.

On line Ordnance Survey Maps

Some tips from Cycling UK on riding in Gloucestershire and Bristol

A crowd sourced free map with marked cycle paths Open Street Maps and here’s one way to download it to your Garmin Edge GPS unit. There’s another way at and plenty of more information at

A map showing where people actually ride: Strava Heat Map

An interesting way of comparing modern and historic maps Know Your Place

A useful route plotting service Ridewithgps

A guide to various GPS devices

A range of local cycle maps is available from ThinkTravel here

Guidance on riding Cranham Woods is here and on Leckhampton Hill is here

Roads and Highways

Gloucestershire County Council’s Major Projects

HIghways England Roadworks

Gloucestershire’s Cycle Map showing planned and installed infrastructure

Report potholes at fillthathole or fixmystreet

Gloucester City Problem reporting by email to

Report problems on the County’s roads County at the website, by email or phone 08000 514514

See where road works are taking place

General issues (parking, streets, transport) in Gloucester City

Find who has the maintenance responsibility for any street at

LTN 1/20 – The New Cycling Infrastructure Standards and some commentary on it


Although helmets are, and can only be, designed to withstand minor knocks and falls, not serious traffic collisions the Club’s position is that their wearing is strongly recommended, especially when groups are riding close and fast, such as in the chain gang, or when off road. However, it remains a personal decision. To help you make that decision here are some facts relating to helmet wear:

  • British Medical Association and Royal College of General Practitioners are against compulsory cycle helmets – overall benefits outweighed by negative effect on cycling
  • Helmets are designed to protect from impact with motor vehicles.More than 90 per cent of serious injuries and fatalities involve impacts with vehicles. These arguments are summarized by Cycling UK here
  • Cyclists account for less than one per cent of head injury admissions to hospital. There are 4.8 times more car occupants who die of head injuries than cyclists, 4.6 times more pedestrians and 1.5 times more motorcyclists (Thornhill et al, British Medical Journal, 2000; Mayer Hillman, Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, 1993).

An excellent source of further information is at

Cycle Security

A register for your valuables, accessed by police to find the owners of stolen goods Immobilise

A register for your bike, accessed by police to find the owners of stolen bikes Bikereg

The test house for security products Sold Secure

Crime statistics including cycle theft data

Provider of “get you home” insurance for cyclists” Lexham Insurance

Top tips on submitting good quality camera evidence to police

Some ideas on storage are here



Glossary of technical terms

A reliable, if quirky, guide to a huge range of mechanical maintenance issues on cycles Sheldon Brown

Shimano manuals and technical documents

How to fix a puncture (and don’t forget to put your chain n the smallest sprocket before removing the back wheel)

How to use a CO2 cartridge to inflate tyres

General (and in some areas very specific) maintenance advice

National Cycling Organisations

Cycling UK (formerly CTC)

Cycling Time Trials (formerly RTTC)

British Cycling (formerly BCF)


Rough Stuff Fellowship

Road Peace, the National Charity for road crash victims