Cyclists

Cyclist and Car

Be Bright Be Seen

We promote the Be Bright Be Seen message for all vulnerable road users, including cyclists. Wearing light, bright, fluorescent clothing during the day and reflective clothing or accessories after dark will improve a cyclist’s visibility to other road users.

 

There are several simple ways to improve visibility:

  • High visibility vests and jackets
  • Lights on bikes
  • Fluorescent and reflective accessories e.g., snap bands, rucksack covers.

 

THINK CYCLIST!

Drivers must look out for cyclists and use indicators to signal intentions. Drivers must give cyclists plenty of space when overtaking them, a minimum of 1.5m is a safe passing distance for overtaking in slow traffic. If drivers cannot allow the minimum distance, they must not overtake until they can.

 

Drivers must check for cyclists when opening their car door, pulling out at a junction, or when performing a manoeuvre.

Pedestrians must take extra care when crossing cycle lanes and keep to the designated pedestrian side if using a shared route with a dividing line.

Ultimate Guide to Cycling

We all know that cycling is great for our health, the environment, and our wallets. So, we’ve created the Ultimate Guide to Cycling for anyone of any age who is thinking of spending more time on two wheels or is new to cycling. This edition covers everything from buying and maintaining a bike, to improving your visibility when out on the roads. We’ve included loads of essential kit too, including helmets, lights and clothing so you can hit the roads fully prepared. Take a look through this digital edition by clicking the “full screen” button. You can even bookmark it to read later or click “share” to send it to friends and family.

Tell us what you think of the Ultimate Guide to Cycling by clicking here – completing the survey will only take a minute of your time.

 

Current work

Partners have developed age-appropriate resources for primary and secondary aged pupils focusing on cycling safety. Resources developed cover bike maintenance, and the importance of wearing a correctly fitted helmet and light, bright and reflective clothing to improve safety.

 

We regularly support and promote national campaigns such as Bike Week and Bike to School Week with partners doing engagement events, giving out free reflective items, to raise awareness of the Be Bright Be Seen message.

 

The #JustOneJourney campaign encourages individuals to be active on just one journey. By changing the way you travel for just one journey can have health and well-being benefits as well as being good for the environment.  The #JustOneJourney campaign looks at lots of different active travel choices and offer initiatives such as bike marking and Dr Bike sessions. More information can be found by clicking on the link here. Partners also work with external providers to deliver Bikeability cycle training in schools and the local community.  More information can be found in the link here

 

Warwickshire Police also runs Operation ‘Close Pass’ to raise awareness and educate both drivers and cyclists about safe passing distances. More information can be found on our Operations page.