The National Police Chiefs council campaign for “2 Wheels” awareness has been supported by police forces across the country and particularly in Suffolk and Norfolk.
The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the vulnerability of road users on 2 wheels whether they be cyclists or motorcyclists. The aim is to educate both motorists and riders alike about how to improve their behaviour on the road and to try and make our roads safer for those travelling on two wheels.
Although Motorcyclists only make up 1% of the motoring population they are 16 times more likely to be injured in a serious or fatal collision than against car drivers.
As part of the campaign, both Suffolk and Norfolk officers were out in both marked and unmarked police cars engaging with the cyclists, riders and drivers with information and advice about road skills, safe driving and personal protective equipment.
Temporary Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, Head of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team said on the Constabulary Website “We know that as lockdown restrictions ease, road users, particularly cyclists, are more likely to get back out on our roads. It has therefore never been a more important time to highlight the dangers that both motorcyclists and cyclists face.
“As we have seen riders being disproportionally involved in serious collisions when they only make up a small fraction of the total road users, we want to use this campaign to encourage motorists and cyclists to think about the safety of those on two wheels.
“Riders must of course consider their own safety and be responsible road users as much as anyone else, but I would urge drivers of other vehicles to take extra care when travelling near cyclists or motorcyclists and recognise that they are more vulnerable. Don’t drive too close to them and allow plenty of room if overtaking.”
Here at Gotelee, our personal injury lawyers know only too well the risks facing cyclists and motorcyclists as we advise accident victims on a regular basis. So many accidents could be avoided if drivers and riders alike gave each other a little more consideration and time. Especially when overtaking or pulling out from junctions.
Perhaps a surprising number of accidents we see are caused by stationary car doors being opened into the path of cyclists. These can be relatively low-speed accidents that can still cause severe injury especially if a cyclist is not wearing a cycling helmet.
The message to road users is to be considerate and think of other road users but also look after yourself as riders and cyclists
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