Update - 27 motorists passed too close to our cyclist and were educated in the need to allow 1.5 metres distance when passing.
We would like to offer special thanks to Uniform Direct who have kindly assisted us with this venture allowing our team the use of their car park and office. Their support has been invaluable.
Original release - Today, 19 November, we are launching Operation Safe Pass, to educate road users on the safe distance that should be given when passing cyclists. This is identified as a minimum of 1.5 metres, or in other words “keep them alive at 1.5”.
This is part of the overarching Project Tandem and is timed to coincide with Road Safety Week.
To show the extent of the problem (or potentially the lack of it) we have a police officer out on a bike this morning in Lincoln to see the space that road users allow when passing.
Anyone passing too close will be pulled over and given words of advice. However in certain circumstances motorists risk the potential of a prosecution for driving without due care and attention. This can result in between 3 and 9 points on your licence and a fine of between £100 and £5000.
Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West and Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones are supporting the venture on site and will be conducting interviews with local media.
First and foremost the aim of Operation Safe Pass is to make sure that everyone knows the requirement to give 1.5 metres and secondly, that they adhere to the requirement.
Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West said "Essentially we want to get away from the thinking that you can just squeeze through. That is potentially a life and death decision. Whether you are the cyclist cutting through queues, or the driver passing too close, we want you to think twice.
"We have a lot of traffic, a lot of bends to negotiate and a lot of lives lost every year due to bad decisions. With Operation Safe Pass we want to get the phrase keep them alive at one point five to leap into the mind of any road user who is about to overtake a cyclist.
"Cyclists and drivers are sometimes seen as opposing groups but with Project Tandem, we send a clear message that we need to use the road safely, alongside each other. It doesn’t matter if you are on two wheels or four, we can all make changes to improve safety. Patience, sound judgement and respect are what we want from anyone using our roads."
We aim not only to educate drivers but also cyclists. We have teamed up with Access Lincoln to offer free bike lights and high visibility gear to passing cyclists so they can be better seen on the roads.
In addition to Operation Safe Pass, Project Tandem includes a number of other initiatives:
- Our Mini Police are on board and they will “educate upwards” to drivers, spreading our cycle safety message. Mini police recently assisted us in our Fatal 4 campaign to combat speeding in Grantham.
- We will also be working with Newsagents to make sure that their paper round staff “don’t become the news”. They will promote the use helmets and lights to make sure their staff are safe.
- The Road Safety Partnership are conducting Workplace Education, visiting large Lincolnshire employers to promote cycle safety.
- We will be adapting the Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme – traditionally this scheme gives motorists a window of opportunity to correct a fault on their vehicle. We will be stopping cyclists who do not have lights on their bikes at night and using this scheme to ensure they get lights.
This release will shortly be updated with results of this morning activities.
The stark reality
- Six cyclists have lost their lives on Lincolnshire Roads since 2016.
- 18,477 cyclists injured in the UK in 2016.
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19 Nov 18 1:56 PM