Drivers and cyclists alike are being encouraged to work together to improve cycle safety on the roads.
Think! have released a selection of tips for drivers to ensure that they are doing all they can to avoid hitting a cyclist by mistake.
This advice comes following an increase in the number of cyclists who have been killed on the roads in the past year.
A total of 118 cyclists were killed on British roads in the last year, a ten per cent increase from the 107 fatally injured in 2011. In London, in particular, concerns have been high as six cyclists died in just 14 days leading to November 26th. As a result, police have been out in force in the capital to ensure that cyclists and drivers alike are abiding by the highway code.
Think! has released its campaign in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to ensure that this vigilance over cycle safety is applied in other cities too.
Drivers are advised to be on the look-out for cyclists, particularly when they are turning, and should make eye contact with them if possible. When turning into or out of junctions some drivers can fail to notice cyclists, resulting in an accident. Similarly, cyclists are also advised to ride confidently and make eye contact with drivers as well to improve communication.
Additionally, drivers should avoid going over stop lines at traffic lights. These are in place to allow cyclists to get ahead, increase their visibility and have the space to set off safely when the lights change.
When getting out of their vehicle, drivers and passengers should always check for cyclists to avoid having them ride into their car door. For this reason, cyclists also need the space to be able to manoeuvre suddenly and so drivers should also leave at least a car's width if possible.
However, on particularly narrow roads, this can be a challenge so it is best to wait until there is enough room to overtake before riding alongside a cyclist.
- On: 02 December 2013
- By: CarShop
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