‘Cyclists and drivers need to show care’ – PSNI

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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Armagh Rural East Neighbourhood Policing Team are reminding cyclists and vehicle drivers to show care, courtesy and consideration to each other in order to maximise safety on local roads. The reminder follows an incident on Saturday, 18th October when a motorist drove extremely close to a cyclist and subjected them to verbal abuse on the Canal Bank Road, Poyntzpass. Con Alan McClean said, “This is a single carriageway and everyone must bear some responsibility for their actions on our roads. With a little bit of common sense and goodwill, motorists and drivers can co-exist happily – and more importantly, safely. “Cyclists should wear a helmet with reflective or fluorescent clothing and ride in single file on busy or narrow roads, and around bends and never travel more than two abreast on wide roads. “Ensure lights and reflectors are clean and in good order and obey traffic signs and traffic lights and leave plenty of room when passing parked cars. “For their part, drivers should be patient, slow down when passing cyclists, allow plenty of space while overtaking – cyclists may need room to avoid obstructions on the road. “Always signal when overtaking to indicate the potential danger to other drivers and if emerging from a junction, look closely to see all traffic, including cyclists. Lorry drivers should take a close look for cyclists who may have stopped beside or in front of them before moving off from traffic lights. “In any encounter between a cyclist and a motor vehicle, cyclists have limited physical protection and will almost invariably come off worst, even from a minor contact. Care, courtesy and consideration can go a long way to ensuring that all finish their journeys as safely as they began them.”

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