Cycling and safety

Speed is still the biggest single factor in crashes, even in cities, but when you add drink, drugs and tiredness, it can spell disaster.

We all have a responsibility to make the roads safer, as drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians or passengers…we can all do our bit to keep our streets a safe place for all.

'Rusty Riders'


In partnership with Sustrans, First Step Sports and the Bike Hub we have launched free adult cycle training called 'Rusty Riders’. Dates are available throughout the year and across the city. This two and a half hour programme is designed for existing and returning to cycling adults that wish to learn the skills and build confidence on the city's roads. Attendees will learn how to position themselves safely, right through to riding at major intersections, with the help of a team of qualified cycling instructors.


No bike? No worries, free cycle hire is available on the day, just ask.

To book a place and register online, please visit the website below.

Access the First Step website

Alternatively telephone First Step on 01482 218 753.

So, if the Tour de France, Tour de Yorkshire or even the successful Sky Rides inspire you, there has never been a better time to get in the saddle!

Discounted driver assessment for drivers 26 and under and 55 and over

If you want to improve and get more enjoyment out of driving, as a Hull resident you can take a driving refresher course for just £15 (usual price £45). The course is offered by the IAM in partnership with our Road safety team.

This course includes a personal driving assessment that promotes safer driving, picks up any bad habits and demonstrates ways to drive more economically. For younger drivers it will give be a great refresher and for older drivers it will give you confidence to continue driving safely into the future.

In addition to this, you can go on to do the full IAM Advanced Driving Licence and you'll be credited with £45 towards the cost of that course. By taking this course you can also benefit from a reduction in insurance costs.

Sorry Mate I Didn't See You                                      

One of the biggest causes of accidents with two wheeled vehicles on our roads is the failure to look properly, or as the Police are often told 'sorry mate I didn't see you' (SMIDSY for short).

The number of cyclists and motorcycles are growing rapidly over the years so car drivers need to remember to check all mirrors prior to turning.

Cyclists and motorcyclists can do their bit too by making themselves more visible by wearing bright coats, high visibility vests and lights, (even during daylight), and be especially cautious at traffic lights, particularly on the inside of buses and heavy goods vehicles. The number of blind spots around these types of vehicles is very high.  

Roads are a community resource with shared responsibilities - let's help each other to arrive home safely.

A joint initiative between Safer Roads Partnerships in York, The Humber, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire has been devised to help people to become safer on our roads.

Be Bright Be Seen

Even though dark winter nights seem far away, cyclists and pedestrians still need to keep themselves visible around the road.


The glare/reflection of the sun can easily affect motorist’s eyes and let’s not forget the good old British weather can change in an instant. So you may set off on your journey on a sunny morning but storm clouds can soon make it feel like a winter’s night!

Contact us

Road safety
Hull City Council
Floor 2
Festival House
93 Jameson Street

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349