Let’s Look Out for Each Other; an educational campaign that encourages both cyclists and drivers to share Suffolk’s roads safely has been launched today and is on its way to Haverhill
As part of the campaign there is a “bells and blind spots” giveaway with Goliath, the Road Safe bus, which is going on tour this summer.
Suffolk cyclists and drivers are being given the chance to grab free blind spot mirrors and bike bells when they visit the bus. Goliath will be at various locations across the county sharing information with car drivers and cyclists, giving tips and advice and increasing awareness.
Goliath Roadshow will be at Haverhill Recreation Ground, off Camps Road on July 31 from 10 - 2.30pm.
Let’s Look for Each Other serves to remind both cyclists and drivers of the importance of looking out for each other to avoid serious and life threatening accidents occurring. Each week approximately four cyclists are injured in Suffolk with almost three cyclists killed or seriously injured every month. Driver error has been attributed to 68% of all collisions in Suffolk
Four per cent of adults in Suffolk cycle at least five times a week for any purpose or duration whilst the national average is three per cent.
Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, planning and transport said: “The Let’s Look Out for Each Other campaign delivers information to drivers and cyclists, enabling them to share the road safely as sharing the road can sometimes lead to different users getting frustrated.
“We must see each other as equal road users, each with responsibilities for sensible and safe behaviour. Cyclists are entitled to use roads with the same expectation of safety as a car or lorry driver takes for granted.
“With a growing number of cyclists taking to Suffolk’s roads, we must continue to take the issue of cycle safety extremely seriously.”
20 per cent of adults in Suffolk cycle at least once a month for any purpose or duration which is five per cent above the national average at 15 per cent.
77 per cent of cyclist casualties at or near a junction, the cyclist have not been culpable, however, in two of the three recorded fatalities over this period the cyclist was at fault.
Here are the Roadsafe top tips for drivers and cyclists when using the road:
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.
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 allow cyclists to get to the front and increase their visibility
Further information can be seen at http://www.suffolkroadsafe.net/cyclists/ or http://www.suffolkroadsafe.net/drivers/