Winter nights: Cyclists and drivers urged to look out for each other

CYCLISTS and motorists are being urged to be more courteous and to look out for each other in a new road safety campaign

The latest push by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is reminding cyclists to ‘Be safe, be seen’, and drivers to ‘Be safe, give space’ to cyclists.

The campaign launches ahead of the clocks going back this Sunday (October 25).

Drivers are being asked to be more aware of cyclists and to allow extra time and space for them to manoeuvre safely, especially at roundabouts, junctions and when turning. The Highway Code states 1.5m is a safe passing distance when overtaking cyclists at 30mph.

Cyclists should also make sure both they and their bikes are prepared for the colder, darker rides by using the correct lights, wearing bright or high-vis clothing to ensure they can be seen and always wearing a helmet which could help prevent a serious injury.

David Williams, cabinet member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “Staffordshire has some of the safest roads in the country, which is a record we are extremely proud of and have worked hard to achieve.

“With so many vehicles and cyclists now on our roads, it is important for everyone to be considerate and respectful of other road users whether that is on a bicycle or in a vehicle. By being courteous and following the rules of the road we can all help to reduce the number of accidents and make our roads even safer.

“With the darker evenings and wintery weather upon us too, people really need to drive and ride according to the conditions and make sure they are visible to each other. There’s lots of useful advice on the partnership website and I would encourage people to have a look.”

The campaign includes a series of social media posts, tips and resources for drivers and cyclists, and people are being asked to share the content with friends, family and work colleagues.

More information on the campaign and tips on staying safe on the roads can be found at www.staffssaferroads.co.uk/cyclist-driver-safety.



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