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Road collision figures reveal more than half of those injured in collisions in Cambridge involve cyclists

By Ben Comber

Drivers and cyclists must take equal responsibility say police.

Last year (2016), 40 cyclists were seriously injured and 190 injured in the city - 59 per cent (230) of road related injuries.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership is urging road users to look out for each other.

Across the county, although no body was killed while cycling (compared to three in 2015), 77 were seriously injured and 379 injured, accounting for 15 per cent of all collision injuries.

Casualty reduction officer PC Jon Morris said: “Any collision which results in injury is one too many. Drivers and cyclists have equal responsibility on our roads to drive and ride safely.

“There are simple steps we can all follow to ensure we stay safe, visible and alert on the road.”

Police messages for motorists:

Look out for cyclists, especially when turning - make eye contact if possible so they know you’ve seen them.

Use your indicators - signal your intentions so that cyclists can react.

Give cyclists space when over taking them, leaving as much room as you would give a car. If there isn’t sufficient room to pass, hold back. Remember that cyclists may need to manoeuvre suddenly if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a car door is opened.

Always check for cyclists when you open your car door.

Advanced stop lines allow cyclists to get in front and increase their visibility. You must stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red to allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows.

Follow the Highway Code

Police messages for cyclists:

Ride positively, decisively and well 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, like lorries or buses, 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

Think! Recommends wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.


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