Pedal cycle activity in Milton Keynes

    Thames Valley Police will be carrying out a pedal cycle operation in Milton Keynes today (12/7).

    As part of the ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ cycle safety scheme, officers will be conducting enforcement activity to educate and raise awareness of over-taking too closely and reminding cyclists to be visible whilst on the roads.

    Across Thames Valley and Hampshire, 1,691 pedal cyclists have been killed or seriously injured since January 2014.

    Of those injured, 82% were on urban roads and 58% near a junction or roundabout.

    This activity will be conducted alongside Milton Keynes Council, Bucks Fire and Rescue and Broughton Cycling Group.

    Road Safety Officer, PC Liz Johnson, said: “The Highway Code states that motorists should only overtake when it is safe and legal to do so, giving the road user they are overtaking as much room as they would a car.

    “Not giving a cyclist enough space when overtaking presents a danger to the cyclist and is intimidating.

    “A driver deemed driving too closely can be prosecuted and taken to court. Cyclists also found to be riding in a careless or dangerous manner will also be stopped and dealt with appropriately.

    “The aim of this scheme is to make the roads safer for everyone and making sure that we can get to our destinations safely.”

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