Cyclists and drivers urged to stay safe on the county’s roads this summer

Although Runnymede has relatively safe roads the death of a cyclist in Addlestone recently brings home the dangers to us all. Drive SMART and stay safe…

Surrey News

Cyclists and motorists are being urged to take more care around junctions and roundabouts as part of a new cycle safety campaign by Surrey County Council and Surrey Police now underway.

Drive SMART*, the road safety initiative led by the county council and police, aims to encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling and to stay safe as they do so.

While cycling-related injuries are rare, figures show that accidents are most common around ‘give way’ junctions and roundabouts.

Data covering the years 2008 to 2014 shows that almost one in three (32 per cent) of accidents involving cyclists in Surrey happened when a vehicle turned across the path of a cyclist, for example when leaving a side road at a T-junction.

But a further 23 per cent of cycling accidents involved no other vehicle, for example when the cyclist lost control while riding at speed or braking.

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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