Jun 20 2012

Harrow’s New Cycle Safety Campaign

Residents will be encouraged to take to two wheels this summer as Harrow Council launches its new cycle safety campaign.

To celebrate National Bike Week, the council is launching its “Summer Cycle”, a cycle safety campaign aimed at alerting vehicle and HGV drivers to the dangers that they can cause to cyclists. The campaign will also target cyclists to make them aware of the issues faced by drivers. Many of the serious cycle accidents are caused by lorries turning left at a junction and crushing a cyclist in their near side blind spot.

A free Dr Bike and security marking session at the civic centre on June 28th will kick off the campaign, where residents can bring their bike along for a free check up.

This year’s bike week is focused on getting back onto your bike and discovering your local area, and in the last year major improvements have been made in Harrow to encourage people to use their bikes, including extensive redevelopment works to the Belmont trail, and increased cycle parking in Harrow Town Centre.

Anybody living, working or studying in the borough can enjoy free cycle training and regular Dr Bike sessions, to be held at various events throughout the summer. Tachograph holders will  be sent to all HGV operators in Harrow, and leaflets packed with tips on helmet use and other safety aspects will be distributed to schools and businesses. Online tutorials will be available on www.youtube.com/itsuptoallofus.

Councillor Phillip O’Dell, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety said: ‘I would encourage everyone in Harrow to get on their bikes and discover cycling. Harrow is a great borough to cycle around with its flat terrain and many cycle lanes. More and more people are realising that cycling is a cheap, healthy and easy way to get around, and the safety of our cyclists is very important to us at Harrow Council.

“We want to send a strong message to all cyclists not to go down the inside of large vans and lorries when they are waiting at a junction.  It is much safer to stay back behind the lorry and wait for it to move off.  Lorries have many blind spots and their drivers can not see a cyclist who is at the side or directly in front of the lorry.’

For more information about the campaign, visit http://www.itsuptoallofus.co.uk.

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