Damage to Property: Insurance
Like any road user, the potential to damage a vehicle always exists. And like a motorist, cyclists can limit damage to their wallet by carrying insurance. I live in a town where wildly expensive cars are not uncommon. Even scraping one could result in being handed a repair bill for thousands of pounds.
British Cycling– which sponsors British Cyclists in the Olympics- offer third-party liability insurance with membership. I emailed them and verified that Penny-Farthings were NOT excluded. And since it’s Group Cover, you get cover automatically without any questions about your cycling history.
I carry my British Cycling membership card so if I’m involved in an accident I can give the other party my membership number in respect to exchanging insurance details.
To take out a membership with British Cycling, click HERE.
Damage to Self: Training & Protective Equipment
Like any sport, the chance of injury from cyclist-error is high while learning and drops significantly as the rider gains competence. Reducing operator error is covered in the “Learning” section. Indeed, one never stops learning to ride a Penny-Farthing it’s been said 😉
However, risk from external sources remains constant over time and is independent of a Penny-Farthing rider’s technical competence which is covered in this section under the below headings:
– Risk Avoidance: Reducing Hazards BEFORE departing and Defensive Cycling DURING cycling
– Damage Limitation: Reduction of injury where risk avoidance impossible; use of protective equip & falling
Staying safe riding a Penny-Farthing- indeed any bicycle– requires active efforts; one can never be lazy about safety. This section will hopefully get you thinking about risk in a useful way and making it easy to make Risk Management planning as much a part of your cycle as your actual performance during a cycle.
My views on Risk Management are informed by years of skysurfing, BASE Jumping and inhabiting a world of maximum violence. Indeed, even in my professional life working in Enterprise IT, risk management is an integral part of every decision I make. Hopefully I’ve distilled these years of experience managing risk into a useful set of simple principles & measures to help you stay safe cycling a Penny-Farthing.