A community safety partnership has launched an awareness campaign in a bid to prevent cyclists from being seriously injured by lorries and other large vehicles.
Developed by the Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership, ‘Stay back – don’t undertake’ highlights the dangers of cyclists undertaking lorries on the road.
The Partnership says that while motorists have a duty of care to use their mirrors before turning across a cyclist’s path, a growing number of cyclists are being injured by left turning HGVs which have not seen them in their mirrors.
The campaign stickers can be fixed to the back of lorries and trucks and have been attached to Harrogate Council’s refuse vehicles. They have also been sent to local haulage firms asking them to support the campaign by attaching them to their own fleet of vehicles.
Councillor Margaret Atkinson, Harrogate Borough Council, said: “With the increase in the number of bikes on the district’s roads, it is important to remind cyclists of the dangers they face if they undertake large vehicles.
“These stickers serve as a visible warning to stay back from the vehicle in front, hopefully giving the cyclist a safer ride.”
For more information about the campaign contact Simon Aston, Harrogate Borough Council’s Safer Communities Officer, on 01423 500600 (ext 56986).