4. Road surfaces
Always keep an eye on
the roadway in front as -
glass, nails and a pothole can
cause a flat; and/or
* parallel-slat sewer/drainage
grates, gravel, sand, debris,
expansion joints, railroad tracks,
wet leaves, gravel, boards, bricks, rocks, road and bridge cracks, pavement
can cause a crash.
much slower in wet weather,
especially when descending through corners, and apply brakes earlier as, due to
the reduced coefficient of friction, it takes
much more road distance to pull up.
Never cycle over a timber bridge with gaps which your tyre could get caught
between. Rather dismount and walk your bicycle, as cyclists in Australia have caught
their wheel in a gap between two timber planks, instantly braking their necks
rendering instant death, paraplegia or quadriplegia.
railroad tracks carefully. Watch for uneven pavement and grooves that
could catch a wheel. If railroad tracks cross the road at an angle,
change your course so you cross the tracks at close to a 90o
and proceed slowly.
Do not veer
across the steel rails on a ramp if cycling on to or off a ferry. Better
to walk your bike onto or off a ferry unless you are very familiar with the