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Thames Valley Police supports cycle safety initiative

Thames Valley Police will be joining forces with Hampshire’s Joint Roads Policing Unit to support a cycle safety initiative this week until Friday.

The ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ campaign aims to educate and raise awareness among cyclists and motorists of the dangers of overtaking too closely, and to remind cyclists of the importance of making themselves more visible on the roads.

Across the Thames Valley and Hampshire, 1,691 pedal cyclists have been killed or seriously injured since January 2014.

Of the cyclists injured, 82 per cent were injured on urban roads and 58 per cent near a junction or roundabout.

Officers will be conducting enforcement activity in key locations across the Thames Valley.

Sergeant Rob Heard, from the Joint Operations Roads Safety Team, said: “A close pass not only presents a danger to the cyclist, but it is also intimidating.

“The Highway Code states, overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so and that drivers should allow vulnerable road users as much room as they would when overtaking a car.

“A driver deemed to be driving dangerously close can be prosecuted and taken to court. Cyclists also found to be riding in a careless or dangerous manner will also be stopped and dealt with appropriately.

“Ultimately, we are about making the roads safer for all and making sure we all get to our destinations safely.”


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  • Pursuer

    16:04, 22 May 2019

    @Toffee, Thanks for your input. I should have been clear that the (ostensibly) serious cyclist with full hi-vis & etc attire & head cam, rides on the footpath outside of my house, as sadly do several other non serious cyclists. Sadly some when they, as happened recently, almost run down a pedestrian neighbour as she exited her front gate fire off foul abuse. Regarding motorists providing enough space to pass or staying back when wanting to turn left for example I find that mainly older drivers are more considerate. As for the aggressive motorists which, sadly seem to be increasing in number it is not only cyclists who suffer it is all road users.



  • Pursuer

    13:01, 22 May 2019

    Some very strange responses. For the record I have used the road as a pedestrian, a cyclist, a motor cyclist & car driver & I obey traffic rules as I was highly trained to do in my working life. The cavalier & sometimes suicidal behaviour of cyclists, is the priority here. This Borough has spent many thousands on providing shared facilities for cyclists & pedestrians, a substantial part of which are rarely used by cyclists-. I know, my house looks out at one such example, and another which features on my weekly trips to Windsor provides a further example. I am told that 'serious' cyclist don't use these facilities as they are entitled to ride on the highway.All very well but they are not entitled to ride on the footpath- indeed I was struck by a youth on a bike 2 weeks ago. He just looked indignant that I should be in his way. A 'serious' cyclist regularly rides past my house wearing full hi-vis kit and a head cam. He ignores the shared facility opposite. Visit the town centre and witness the regular incidents of, usually, youths riding through the pedestrianised areas & on the foot paths on occasions unimpeded by Wardens who just ignore them. Yes there are bad and/or inconsiderate drivers certainly but lack of any law enforcement on cyclists is almost zero hence the disturbing behaviour to which I have referred- as a boy I was warned by a PC about riding my bike in the dusk with a failed headlight- battery had 'died'.



    • Toffee

      13:01, 22 May 2019

      'Serious' cyclists on road bikes avoid the shared footpaths for one simple reason; speed. If I'm doing 20+ mph, I'd rather be on the road than on a shared pavement, where I'm entitled to be, but far more likely to have a child/person step in front of me with no time to react. That's why the roads are a better place for serious cyclists. As for kids and less serious cyclists riding on non-shared pavements. You're right and I agree with you. That's against the law and something should be done about it. But part of the problem is people are scared to ride on the road, or are ignorant about the laws in general. The main reason people are scared to ride on the road is because of the attitude of a minority of road users, something which this campaign is aiming to change. So you're right, more could be done. But this campaign is a step in the right direction.




    10:10, 22 May 2019

    Will this initiative make any attempt to remind drivers that the law & Highway Code apply to them. This includes obeying traffic lights, driving in the correct direction of of traffic flow, not driving/parking on footpaths & pedestrian areas, having road worthy vehicles including working brakes & after dark lighting & etc, etc . I doubt it.



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