A recent incident at Piddinghoe on a public road in which a pedestrian was knocked down by a cyclist failing to give audible warning has highlighted the need for cyclists to give clear warning of their approach.
The incident in question, we are sure, did not involve any member of Cycle Seahaven but with increasing numbers of shared routes, cycleways and bridleways, members will frequently encounter pedestrians, children, dogs, etc.
The Highway Code does not stipulate that bells must be used. It states: “Be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Let them know you are there when necessary, for example by ringing your bell.”
While the law states that bells have to be fitted to bikes in the shop, there is no legal requirement to keep them on or use them.
Bells remain, however, one of the easiest ways to alert pedestrians of your approach. In particular the high pitched note travels well and may be more audible to those who may have restricted hearing. Warning given in plenty of time can do much to prevent what could be a serious accident to cyclists or others.
So keep your bells on and keep them ringing.