Police urge cyclists to stay safe

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Police will be speaking to cyclists this month as part of a drive to

help them stay safe on Lancashire’s roads.

Road policing officers will be giving advice on appropriate safety

clothing and how to cycle safely.

Officers will also take action against any cyclists committing

offences such as running red lights, not having lights fitted, cycling

on footpaths and using mobile phones when riding their bike.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard from the Road Policing Unit said: “We police

the roads of Lancashire day-in, day-out but this activity is about

raising awareness of the need for motorists to look out for cyclists

as well the need for cyclists to ride safely at all times.

“Despite falling trends, the proportion of casualties which cyclists

account for is an increasing one. They can leave themselves vulnerable

when riding on our roads and this action is about making the roads as

safe as possible for everyone.”

Pedal cyclists accounted for seven per cent of all casualties and ten

per cent of those killed and seriously injured in Lancashire in 2012.