Cyclists and Motorists Urged to Show Mutual Respect
Dyfed-Powys Police has issued a reminder to drivers and cyclists on how to stay safe.
The force patrols over 8,500 miles of roads and over 7,500 miles of this is classed as ‘minor’ roads. This includes popular and sometimes challenging stretches of road for motorists and cyclists alike.
Roads Policing Units are asking for a bit of mutual respect and vigilance to make these roads as safe as possible for all users.
Road Safety Wales Chair Sue Storch said: “We’re issuing guidance to both motorists and cyclists on how to stay safe in a bid to reduce the number of cyclists injured or killed on our roads.
“It is a joint responsibility for cyclists to be aware of their surroundings and also motorists to make sure they are vigilant, check all around them before pulling out or making any turns.
“It’s important to be aware that most accidents involving cyclists are caused by drivers making poor manoeuvres, particularly around T-junctions and traffic islands.”
Follow these safety tips to stay safe on Dyfed-Powys Police roads:
Action for drivers:
- Give cyclists space when overtaking – leave as much room as you would do for a car. Hold back if there isn’t enough space to pass, taking account of a cyclist’s need to make a sudden move depending on road or weather conditions
- Check for cyclists when opening your vehicle door
- Always check your mirrors and blind spots before turning
- Judge a cyclist’s speed with care: they may be travelling faster than you think.
Action for cyclists:
- Wear a helmet, stay visible, wear high visibility clothing and put lights on
- Obey all traffic laws and traffic lights
- Anticipate movements and consider road positioning: your own, motorists, cyclists and horse riders
- Check for a gap in the traffic when avoiding obstructions
- The Highway Code rules and safety tips for cyclists are covered in rules 59 to 82.
For more advice on making sure cyclists remain safe visit http://think.direct.gov.uk/cycling.html.