Published Friday 16 November 2018 at 12:24
Road Safety Week 2018 takes place from Monday 19 November and we are shouting out about the safety of those on two wheels.
The week is encouraging everyone to be ‘Bike Smart’, so if you travel to work on a bike during Road Safety Week, stop to take a safe selfie and be in with a chance to win some cycling goodies.
If you send your selfie with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org, you will receive a free hi-vis neck warmer.
There will also be free winter bike checks on Monday 19 November 19th, outside Blackburn Town Hall between 10am and 2pm, and on Tuesday 20 November on Ainsworth Street, Blackburn. Safety advice for cyclists and drivers will be available at these sessions.
Councillor Shaukat Hussain, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Prevention Services at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:
I hope both cyclists and drivers will take a look at the messages given in this year’s Road Safety Week. The Bike Smart message is an important one and with a few simple steps, everyone on the roads can work together to keep each other safe.”
Cycling is one of the healthiest, cheapest and most environmentally friendly forms of transport available, with benefits to public health, congestion and the economy. For more information on how to be ‘Bike Smart’, go to: http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/
Drivers play an important part in cyclists’ safety – as a ‘Bike Smart’ driver, here are a few simple steps you can take to make roads safer for people on bicycles and motorbikes.
- Take time to look properly before you pull out at junctions – turn your head to look, don’t just rely on a sideway glance.
- Always stop behind the lines at a junction – never drive into a bike box if the traffic light is on amber or red and don’t drive or park in cycle lanes either
- Leave plenty of room when overtaking or passing bikes – when passing a bike leave at least 150cm between you and the rider.
- Slow down on rural roads – slowing down will help you to take sharp bends more safely and you will be more likely to spot riders in front of you.
- Drive slowly in places where people live – driving more slowly will give you more time to spot danger and more time to react.
- Avoid car dooring by using the Dutch reach to check for bikes – instead of using the hand nearest the door to open it, reach across with your opposite hand. This forces you to turn your head so you can check for bikes before you open the door.