On ya bike to safer roads

Date published: 07 April 2021 14:50
Dated: 07 April 2021 15:45:40

Our officers are ‘greasing the wheels’ planning next week’s activity for the ‘2 wheel campaign’; an initiative led by the National Police Chief’s Council to educate drivers and enforce laws to create safer roads for everyone.

The campaign aims to reduce casualties and deaths for motorcyclists and cyclists, some of the most vulnerable road users.
In 2019, 335 motorcyclists and 98 cyclists lost their lives in collisions on the UK’s roads.

Next week (12-18 April) officers will be pro-actively patrolling the roads and conducting safe pass operations; an operation that sees plain clothed officers cycling around the streets of South Yorkshire ensuring that drivers pass correctly and safely, and fellow cyclists adhere to the highway code.

Officers will be engaging with riders while on the roads and talking to them about concerns they may have and training available through the Safer Roads Partnership and BikeSafe.

While on patrol, they will be focussing on safe driving by riders and safe equipment, ensuring advice is given. Education will also be given to other drivers of cars and lorries, raising their awareness of two wheeled vehicles and the additional space and attention they may need. 

Roads Policing Sergeant Matt Duffy said: “As Roads Policing Officers we are committed to creating safer roads and reducing the amount of causalities and fatalities on our roads.

“Next week, we will be carrying out operations to ensure that we are all sharing the road safely together.

“We will be focussing on motorcyclist’s driving manner, equipment, driver’s awareness around cyclists and motorcyclists and cyclists adhering to the Highway Code.

“Things will be different this year due to Covid-19 but our commitment to creating safer roads continues. If you see us while we are on patrol, please come and have a socially distanced chat with us.”

Safer Roads Manager Joanne Wherle added: “Pedal cyclists and powered-two-wheeler riders both form part of our priority road-user groups and we run a wide range of initiatives to try and reduce the number of riders killed or seriously injured on South Yorkshire’s roads.

“To support South Yorkshire Police and the national campaign, we will be promoting a series of messages to raise awareness about how to improve behaviour among all types of road user as well as educate people about the importance of having the correct skills, knowledge and personal protective equipment. 

“Check out our social media feeds and website for tips and advice on looking out for each other.”
Top tips for road safety for cyclists and motorcyclists

Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards.
Take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres.
Make sure you are wearing the correct gear- protective gloves, jacket, boots and trousers.
Wear florescent clothing during the day and reflective at night.
Ensure your helmet is of a high standard and fits correctly.
Consider further training to improve your performance and safety.

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