Agencies join forces to improve road safety

Craven Herald: Deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick Deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick

POSTER and billboards are springing up across Craven in an effort to improve safety for both cyclists and motorcyclists.

It follows an increase in the number of those on bikes and on motorbikes being seriously injured or killed on North Yorkshire's roads.

Last year saw a more than 60 per cent increase in the number of people killed in collisions, including three times as many motorcyclists and an upward trend in the number of fatalities involving pedal cyclists.

The Think Bike campaign, jointly organised by North Yorkshire County Council's road safety team and the police, is also set to coincide with the summer's Grand Depart of the Tour de France.

"It's great to see people getting on their bike to enjoy this beautiful county, take exercise and keep fit, but we want them to stay safe as well," said county councillor, Don Mackenzie, member for public health. "This latest initiative aims to tackle the problem of driver error in road casualties involving cyclists and bikers."

Deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick said police were urging drivers, motorcyclists and pedal cyclists to pay attention.

"We are urging them to pay attention not just to their own behaviour, but also make themselves alert to other people using the roads," he said. "Vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists should also ensure they have the most appropriate protective and highly visible clothing and equipment."

The county council is also working in partnership with British Cycling through its SkyRides programme to bring a host of free cycling opportunities to the county, including Sunday rides in Craven in June and July.

To find out more about the SkyRides visit its website.

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5:39pm Wed 28 May 14

Mart56 says...

Let's hope everyone takes care and we don't have any more accidents. And please don't forget the horse riders - they are vulnerable too.
Let's hope everyone takes care and we don't have any more accidents. And please don't forget the horse riders - they are vulnerable too. Mart56
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10:14am Thu 29 May 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

It would help if cyclists remembered that they are vehicles. They should cycle on the roads and obey the rules, NOT zoom about on pavements, or go DOWN Coach Street at speed. The bad ones may be in the minority but they give all cyclists a bad name, and are dangerous to pedestrians.
If they think the road is too busy to cycle on, they must get off and walk. It would help if some were stopped by the police and had these things pointed out to them.
It would help if cyclists remembered that they are vehicles. They should cycle on the roads and obey the rules, NOT zoom about on pavements, or go DOWN Coach Street at speed. The bad ones may be in the minority but they give all cyclists a bad name, and are dangerous to pedestrians. If they think the road is too busy to cycle on, they must get off and walk. It would help if some were stopped by the police and had these things pointed out to them. Skipton Ratepayer
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6:01pm Thu 29 May 14

Mart56 says...

I agree that the police should do something about people on bikes breaking the law. But if the roads are too dangerous to cycle on it is because of bad / incompetent drivers and the police should do more to get them off the road.
I agree that the police should do something about people on bikes breaking the law. But if the roads are too dangerous to cycle on it is because of bad / incompetent drivers and the police should do more to get them off the road. Mart56
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