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Vulnerable Road Users

Cycling:

Cycling is a great way to move around the county. Here are a few simple tips to stay safe when cycling on our roads:

  • Ensure your bike is roadworthy
  • Know how to control your bike
  • Don’t be afraid to use roads
  • Know how to position yourself in traffic
  • Remember to look behind you
  • Ensure good road communication
  • Know how to approach junctions
  • Know how to approach roundabouts
  • Be aware of large vehicles

Further information for cyclists to stay safe can be found here:

https://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/safer-journeys/cyclist/

https://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/safer-communities/rural/travelling-safely/cycle-safety/

https://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/safer-communities/urban/travelling-safely/

All cycle lanes in the county are marked with a broken white line, this means that vehicles should not park or encroach into the cycle lane unless it is unavoidable, for instance when driving through a road narrowing at a pedestrian refuge. Vehicles should not try to overtake but wait for the cyclist to pass the refuge when it is safe to do so.

If you are unfortunate to experience a near miss whilst cycling you are encouraged to report it here:

https://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/closepass/

 

Pedestrians:

Walking is the easiest and most frequently used form of exercise.  Please take a few minutes to remind yourself about how you can dramatically reduce your own risk and that of others around you when sharing the roads with those who are driving or riding.

For hints on how to stay safe as a pedestrian please look at our webpage.

https://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/safer-communities/urban/out-about/

Walking to school:

Each school in the county has a travel plan to encourage more pupils to walk. Please contact your school to find out more. Further information on how to be a safe young pedestrian can be found here:

https://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/safer-communities/school/road-safety/

Requesting a pedestrian crossing:

Any requests for a crossing facility to be installed should be addressed to Highways. Please obtain the support of your Local Councillor, Parish or Town Council and others living in your community so a single representation can be made to Highways for consideration. Please email gcchighways@amey.co.uk with as much detail as possible. The criteria for pedestrian crossings are set down by the Department for Transport (DfT) which has strict rules that we must follow.

 

Car passengers: 

Young children in the car? Think about:

  • Setting a good example, wearing your seatbelt and keeping calm.
  • Being consistent in the way you do things e.g. making sure that the child enters or leaves the car from the pavement side.
  • Stopping the car and taking time out if the child’s behaviour is affecting you as the driver.
  • Praise your child for good behaviour in the car.
  • Remember, even a low speed collision can kill, so make sure they are strapped in every time!

A reminder about car seats:

A driver is responsible for passengers under 14 years old, so make sure they are wearing a seat belt and are using the right size of car seat for their age and weight.

https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules

To have your child seat checked by trained Fire Fighters, phone 0800 1804140 for an appointment.

 

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