A campaign has been launched in Surrey urging cyclists and motorists to take their safety seriously during the summer months.
Launched last week (5 August) by Drive SMART, a partnership between Surrey County Council and Surrey Police, the campaign aims to educate road users of all types on how they can stay safe.
It provides some simple tips for cyclists which can ‘vastly reduce’ their chance of being in a collision, including riding away from the kerb, being aware of car doors and taking extra care on shared paths.
The number of cyclists on the road naturally increases during the drier months with more people likely to commute to work, while there are also more enthusiasts on cycle routes at the weekends.
Drive SMART points to figures which show that one in five accidents involving cyclists happens at a junction and says this is an area where motorists and cyclists need to be more aware of each other.
Superintendent Chris Moon, Surrey Police, said: “Ultimately the road is there for everyone to share, but it comes with an added responsibility for yours and others safety.
“If you are going out for a ride just take a minute to think about your route and what considerations you need to give it for example how are you going to approach certain junctions or where do you need to give yourself more room. Equally if you’re driving consider how you would want to be treated as a cyclist.”
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s cabinet associate for community safety services, said: "Cycling has many benefits – not only is it kind to the environment and good for health, it is also one of the cheapest forms of transport – and we want more people to cycle with confidence.
"This campaign is about encouraging both cyclists and motorists to look out for each other and take precautions so our roads are as safe as they can be for everyone."