Police safety warning after cyclist is hurt

POLICE have issued a safety warning to cyclists after a man was injured in Copthorne.

The cyclist was making his way up Effingham Road onJuly 25 when he was in collision with a white Vauxhall Ampera just after 7am.

He was taken to East Surrey Hospital suffering from leg injuries, Surrey Police said.

Police said the warm weather, Tour de France, and the Olympic road cycling events, have inspired people to get on their bikes – and the number involved in collisions has increased.

Now officers from Surrey Police have launched a campaign to raise awareness among cyclists.

Cycle SMART, a joint initiative between Surrey Police and Surrey County Council, aims to encourage cyclists and motorists to be aware of each other and to cycle and drive safely.

Surrey Police said it is also appealing to drivers to pass cyclists at a cautious speed and always allow plenty of room when passing them.

Motorists are also asked to take extra care when turning left, as they may not be able to see cyclists.

Surrey Police Superintendent, Sharon Bush, said: “People have been really keen to get out on their bikes thanks to the warmer weather and the excitement generated by the Olympics and the Tour de France.

“With that increase in number comes an increase in the number of collisions being reported.

“We are asking for a little bit of courtesy from drivers and for them to be mindful of other road users.

“Likewise, we are appealing to cyclists to be visible, take care at junctions and take responsibility for their own safety.

“We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun and want to encourage both motorists and cyclists to share Surrey’s roads in harmony.”

Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Cycling is a great way to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors but we all need to take care. I’d urge cyclists and drivers to show some respect for each other so we can all share the roads safely, whether you’re on two wheels or four.”

Surrey County Council is also offering bikability courses for residents of all ages who want to learn about cycling on the road.

To find out more and to book on a local course, visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/bikability.

To get information about the Cycle SMART campaign, including more tips for drivers and cyclists, visit www.drivesmartsurrey.org.uk.