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This week is road safety week 19-25 November

Today is the start of road safety week. Road safety week offers a timely reminder on why compliance is so important.

The theme of this year’s Road Safety Week is ‘Bike Smart’. The statistics show that more than a third of people killed or seriously injured on the UK roads are those travelling by bike.

We can all play our part in raising awareness about the importance of protecting those on bikes and this year's campaign will focus on:

  • Policy-makers being Bike Smart by implementing a safe systems approach,
  • Mandating lifesaving technology and prioritising cycle friendly infrastructure
  • Drivers being Bike Smart by looking out for those on two wheels,
  • Driving safely and slowly and giving bike riders plenty of space
  • Cyclists and motorcyclists being Bike Smart through safe riding behaviours and appropriate training and equipment
  • Be particularly careful on rural roads, where a lack of space, combined with high vehicle speeds can create a particularly high-risk environment for cyclists and motorcyclists.
  • Commit to constant vigilance. Banish distractions to give yourself the best chance of seeing a cyclist or motorcyclist early.
  • Pass cyclists wide and slow. The Highway Code requests that you ensure a clearance of at least 1.5m as you go past a cyclist.
  • Observe all speed limits. In particular, by complying with the speed limit in 20mph zones you will be playing your part to make communities safer.
  • Use the ‘Dutch reach’ when opening a car door from the inside. This simple but effective manoeuvre just means you use the hand further from the door handle to get the door open. In doing so this forces you to look over your shoulder and minimizes occurrences of opening a car door into the oath of a passing cyclist.

You can find out more about Road Safety Week at roadsafetyweek.org.uk which  is coordinated by the Brake road safety charity.

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Posted on 19th November 2018 at 12:21 PM

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