Watch out for cyclists



In 2013, deaths and injuries to cyclists increased. With some fine weather, more people were out on the roads on their bicycles and motorbikes, making the most of the summer.

Provisional figures state that injuries to pedal cyclists were up 4% and to motorcyclists 8%.

As a car driver, it’s easy to forget that there are also bikes on the road. The old safety campaign slogan of Think Once, Think Twice, Think Bike is still a vital message that should always be remembered when you’re driving. Be aware that a cyclist could be in your blind spot, and take extra caution at T-junctions.

If you cycle yourself then you should take steps to make sure you are as safe and visible as possible. Reflective clothing and good lights are a must, especially in winter when the weather is dull and the nights draw in early. A good quality helmet is essential too. Keep focused when cycling; don’t listen to music or look at your phone, keep alert and aware and don’t take risks. An accident on a bike can be fatal. It’s not worth the risk just to get home a few minutes early.

By Matrixod (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons