Cyclists warned to take extra precautions

Doncaster Wheelers Cycle Club Summer Road Race in Pickburn - pictured is Graham Briggs of Team Raleigh on his way to victory. Picture: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com

Doncaster Wheelers Cycle Club Summer Road Race in Pickburn - pictured is Graham Briggs of Team Raleigh on his way to victory. Picture: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com

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Police are urging cyclists to wear helmets and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike after an increase in the number of cyclists killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads.

Between April 2013 and July 2013, 53 cyclists were killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads compared to 29 in the same period the previous year.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard from the Road Policing Unit said: “We have seen an increase in the popularity of cycling in recent years so there are now more cyclists on our roads.

“Despite falling trends in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, the proportion of casualties which cyclists account for is an increasing one.

“Cyclists can leave themselves vulnerable when riding on our roads and we want to remind them of the importance of wearing a cycling helmet and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike. We are dedicated to keeping cyclists safe on our roads and we are carrying out operations across the county to help to raise awareness of safe cycling and the need for motorists to look out for riders.”

Police are offering the following advice to cyclists:

Ride clear of the kerb, look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you. Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles where you might not be seen.

Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.

Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and accessories in the dark increases your visibility.

Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights.

Make sure your cycle helmet is correctly fitted, securely fastened and conforms to current regulations. Pedal cyclists accounted for seven per cent of all casualties and ten per cent of those killed and seriously injured in Lancashire in 2012.