Riding our way to safer roads

Date published: 09 July 2019 10:03
Dated: 08 July 2019 14:16:18

Officers from our Operational Support Unit recently took part in the national two-week campaign that aims to reduce casualties and deaths for motorcyclists and cyclists, and make the roads of South Yorkshire a safer place. 

The ‘2 wheel campaign’ is a two-week initiative led by the National Policing Chiefs’ Council that was launched following the success of the ‘motorcycle week of action’ that was held in May 2018. 

Motorcyclists and cyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users that accounted for over 19% of all road deaths in 2017. Across the UK, 349 motorcyclists and 101 cyclists lost their lives during 2017. 

This year’s two-weeks of action saw 3,880 vehicles (motorbikes and cyclists) stopped and 1,378 offences recorded nationally. 

Across South Yorkshire, our officers are keen engage with drivers and educate and encourage them on their driving manner. Over the two-weeks, they have stopped and spoken to hundreds of drivers and riders. 

Of those stopped, 18 offences were detected by motorcyclists. No offences were detected amongst the cycling community. 
Of the 18 drivers stopped, 17 were issued verbal warnings and one was given a fixed penalty notice. 12 of the drivers were also referred to an educational course to better their driving skills. 

You may have also seen our officers at local bike nights engaging with riders, encouraging them to attend Bikesafe training and providing advice and safety packs or at events in partnership with the South Yorkshire Safer Roads. Officers attended local events to educate drivers on how to pass cyclists correctly and safely, you can read our top tips below. 

Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards.
Take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres.

Make sure you are wearing the correct gear- protective gloves, jacket, boots and trousers.

Wear florescent clothing during the day and reflective at night.

Ensure your helmet is of a high standard and fits correctly.
Consider further training to improve your performance and safety.

PC John Taylor with Inspector Craig Clifton at a local bike night

PC John Taylor with Inspector Craig Clifton at a local bike night

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