South Yorkshire cyclists urged to take care

(l-r) Joanne Wehrle, Dearne Valley EcoVision, Ian Philip, Paul Edwards and Nigel Green all from Dearne Valley College at the Environment Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Joanne Wehrle, Dearne Valley EcoVision, Ian Philip, Paul Edwards and Nigel Green all from Dearne Valley College at the Environment Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe

Police are urging cyclists to take extra care on South Yorkshire’s roads this summer, as new figures reveal 1,472 have been killed or hurt over the last five years.

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership has revealed that of the casualties, 400 were under the age of 17.

Most accidents occur between June and October.

With the summer months bringing lighter nights and more cyclists taking to the roads, cyclists are being urged to take more care when out on their bikes.

Joanne Wehrle, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership education manager, said: “So often we see tragic endings to what should be fun and exciting days out.

“I encourage any cyclist and in particular, parents of younger cyclists, to ensure they and their children are correctly dressed, visible to other roads users and wearing correctly fitted cycle helmets.

“All cyclists have a responsibility for their own safety and should not rely on others to provide it for them.”

The ‘Urban Cycling Guide’ DVD, produced by Road Safety GB, provides simple tips on road positioning, awareness of other road users and simple route planning for busy journeys.

It also provides advice on safety clothing and staying visible to other road users.

Free copies of the DVD can be obtained by calling in to local council offices.

n Visit Road Safety for more road safety advice.