Drivers and riders urged to think safety

Road Policing Officer joins Bann Wheelers Cycling Club members for a run near to Dunluce Castle.
Road Policing Officer joins Bann Wheelers Cycling Club members for a run near to Dunluce Castle.

As the road cycling season gets into gear for the summer mo nths, the PSNI are asking cyclists and other road users to think road safety.

Cycling has become a popular pursuit right across Northern Ireland and the breathtaking north coast is a particular draw for cycling clubs and individual cyclists.

Constable Syd Henry, PSNI’s Road Education Officer is only too aware of the dangers to cyclists and other road users having responded to many road traffic collisions involving cyclists.

“Cyclists and other road users have a responsibility to make the roads safer for eachother.

“With a bit of common sense and goodwill, motorists and drivers can safely co-exist. With the Giro coming soon, I expect the interest in cycling to be greater than ever and more bikes will be on the road.

“We want cyclists and drivers to drive with caution at all times so that they finish their journey as safely as they start it.”

Coleraine’s Bann Wheelers Cycling Club member Charlie Wright endorses the advice of police:

“The roads are a shared space and on behalf of the cyclists who frequent the north coast, I appeal to motorists to give cyclists space when overtaking and to be patient when behind a group of cyclists.

“Space is important for cyclists as the edge of the road where we travel can be littered with debris, potholes, gratings and man hole covers.

“These all may cause a cyclist to move out to avoid and contribute towards a collision.

“The north coast is one of the most popular routes for cyclists, especially during the summer months and many clubs and individuals cycle here.

“I would urge cyclists to read and share this advice and play a part in making the roads a safer place.

“And if you are a cyclist and want further safety information Bann Wheelers run an initiation period where potential and new members undertake an induction cycle where they will be taught road safety, group riding and cycling etiquette.

Charlie concluded: “Please see the Bann Wheelers website for more information.”