‘Let’s Look Out for Each other’ is the advice being issued by Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police as part of their autumn road safety campaign.
With 80 per cent of cyclists holding a driving licence and one in five drivers cycling at least once a month, they are often the same people.
This year’s campaign aims to encourage both drivers and cyclists to share Suffolk’s roads more safely.
The campaign is being supported by a number of cycle shops and car dealers across the county, many of whom are able to offer a 10% discount on safety equipment. A full list of supporters can be found here: http://www.suffolkroadsafe.net/look/
Advice for cyclists is as follows:
Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb – look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you.
Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen.
Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.
Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark increases your visibility.
Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights
THINK! recommends wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.
Advice for drivers is as follows:
Look out for cyclists, especially when turning - make eye contact if possible so they know you’ve seen them
Use your indicators - signal your intentions so that cyclists can react
Give cyclists space – If there isn’t sufficient space to pass, hold back
Remember that cyclists may need to manoeuvre suddenly if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a car door is opened
Always check for cyclists when you open your car door
Avoid driving over advanced stop lines – these can allow cyclists to get to the front and increase their visibility
Follow the Highway Code including ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights
Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport and chairman of the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership said; “With a growing number of cyclists taking to Suffolk’s roads, we must continue to take the issue of cycle safety extremely seriously.
“This campaign aims to remind both cyclists and drivers of the importance of looking out for each other to avoid serious and life threatening accidents occurring.
“Cyclists are entitled to use roads with the same expectation of safety as a car or lorry driver takes for granted. It is therefore important that, whatever mode of transport we happen to be using, we see each other as equal road users, each with responsibilities for sensible and safe behaviour on the road.”
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks of the Norfolk and Suffolk joint Roads Policing Unit said; “There seems to be more people out cycling in Suffolk, whether it is to work or just for exercise people are out on their bikes throughout the county.
“With the nights drawing in it is as important as ever that motorists and cyclists are aware of each other and for cyclists to make sure they can be seen, with lights and hi-visibility clothing.
“A lot of motorists are cyclists and vice versa so that is experience people can use to make sure they share the roads safely and avoid any unnecessary collisions.”
For more information contact Iain Watson, senior road safety officer on 01284 758843.