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A Welsh police force is calling on cyclists and motorists to show mutual respect and vigilance in order to protect the safety of all road users.
Dyfed-Powys Police patrols more than 8,500 miles, including popular and sometimes challenging stretches of road for motorists and cyclists alike.
Sue Storch, the force’s road safety officer and chair of Road Safety Wales, said safety is a ‘joint responsibility’ between both road user groups – adding that awareness is needed most at junctions, where most collisions occur.
Ahead of the summer months – when it expected that more cyclists will take to the road – Dyfed-Powys Police has published a series of safety tips for both sets of road user.
Guidance for drivers:
- Give cyclists space when overtaking – leave as much room as you would 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 mirrors and blind spots before turning
- Judge a cyclist’s speed with care: they may be travelling faster than you think
Guidance 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
Sue Storch said: “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.”