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Police turn their focus to the safety of cyclists

A cyclist being clipped by a trailer last year.

POLICE will be looking out for drivers putting cyclists at risk this week, to kick off a month-long campaign focusing on commuter safety. 

Officers will also be looking out for cyclists who take chances with their own safety, says the acting officer-in-charge of road policing, Insp Paul Hutcheson.

“Cyclists don’t have the protection that a car body provides in the event of a collision,” Insp Hutcheson says.

“Cyclists know this, and other road users know this, but we still see riders and drivers taking risks on our roads.

“We know getting to work can be a rush, and we understand the temptation to hurry home after a long day, but safety should always be everyone’s number one priority.

“When you’re driving, be aware of cyclists in the cycle lane or when you may be turning at intersections. When you’re riding your bike, where possible don’t put yourself at risk.”

Pedal Power CEO Ian Ross agrees with Insp Hutcheson, saying everyone has a right to safe travel.

“When we ride or walk along our roads, we do not have the same physical protection that those passing us in cars, trucks, and buses have,” Mr Ross says.

“We rely on the good behaviour of other road users to keep us safe, and we rely on our laws, and their enforcement, to establish and model what is regarded as ‘good behaviour’.”

Insp Hutcheson also reminds cyclists to secure their bike — both at home and work — and to register it on the Bikelinc database, to increase the chances of it being tracked down if it is stolen.

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