Most Brits have faced the challenge of driving on the right hand side of the road whilst in Europe. However, if it is your first time on a bike out of the UK, it can be an eye opener. Safe cycling is paramount when riding in a new territory. The great thing about Cycling in Galicia, and in northern Portugal, is that the cyclist is a respected species. Many of the roads have wide verges, allowing for cyclists to ride side by side without any problem.
The RFEC, Spanish Cycling Federation have been actively promoting the “give the cyclist a 1.5m space”. Carlos Moure, the godfather of Galician cycling, has been very vocal in his promotion of this initiative, promoting safe cycling to a national level. So much press attention has clearly had an effect, and drivers are giving cyclists the utmost respect on Galician roads.
Local councils have also been diligently carrying out their duties clearing the road verges. After a wettish April, the grass has really grown quickly, and this can prove to be a hazard for cyclists, particularly when descending on Galicia’s numerous mountain roads. The tractors and hedge cutters have been out in force clearing the curves and bends to give cyclists a clearer view when cornering. This has enhanced the quality and helps the safe cycling message.
They have also been following an active road repair programme, and again the main benefactors have been the cyclists. Next May’s local elections are having an effect, and the councils are using up budgets to buy votes. It may or may not be true, but everybody on two wheels is reaping the benefits. If you are looking for a new destination for your next cycling adventure, then look no further. Galicia has lots to offer ,and above all , the safety of the cyclist is one of the greatest attractions. Don´t just take our word for it, come and see for yourselves.