Road Safety Week – Cycling Safety Ride Out
Members of Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership (RSP) are getting on their bikes in the name of cycling safety.
The Partnership is inviting staff from Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Gloucestershire Police to mark Road Safety Week, from 18th to 24th November, with a five-mile lunchtime circuit.
The ride-out, from 12pm to 2pm on Thursday 21st November, will be led by the RSP’s cycling expert Don Muir and aims to highlight cycling as healthy, efficient, affordable and safe.
Don, cycling coordinator for the RSP, said: “The main message of Road Safety Week this year is to be aware of the danger distractions pose while on the roads and it’s applicable to all road-users in the county.
“We want to encourage more people to get on their bikes as this helps improve health and saves many lives in the long term. We deliver cycle training to around 240 schools in the county and the advice we give is quite simple and makes cycling even safer.”
Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Year round, our cycle training sessions teach children how to behave safely and responsibly on their bikes. If cyclists are prepared when they set off and are confident on the roads then distractions for them or other road-users won’t pose as great a risk.”
Cyclists are urged to stay safe on the roads with the following advice:
- Ensure you are visible to other traffic – don’t ride in the gutter, wear bright clothing and make sure lights are switched on in poor visibility
- Always be aware of what is happening around you, particularly by looking behind you properly before every manoeuvre
- Signal clearly when necessary to let other traffic know what you intend to do next
- Plan your journey carefully and use cycle paths whenever they make your journey safer
- Make sure your bike is well-maintained, and check your brakes and tyres before every journey
The ride out will set off from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters at Waterwells Business Park. It will take in a circuit with a mix of roads and cycle paths around Quedgeley before returning to headquarters.