Cam­paign call to mo­torists

Rutherglen Reformer - - Bike Week 2015 -

A new cam­paign urges driv­ers to give peo­ple on bikes at least as much space as they would give a car.

Cy­cling Scot­land, the na­tional cy­cle train­ing and pro­mo­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion, hope their new road safety aware­ness cam­paign, Give Ev­ery­one Cy­cle Space, will make mo­torists think twice when over­tak­ing bikes.

The cam­paign, funded by Trans­port Scot­land, will be seen through ad­ver­tis­ing on tele­vi­sion, buses, bus shel­ters, phone boxes and on­line. It calls on driv­ers to slow down and give ev­ery­one their space on the road – par­tic­u­larly chil­dren and young peo­ple.

The na­tional cam­paign is sup­ported by a pro­gramme of school­based ac­tiv­i­ties across 14 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and will in­clude led rides from pri­mary to sec­ondary schools and route plan­ning work­shops to en­cour­age more chil­dren and young peo­ple to cy­cle to school and other des­ti­na­tions.

The Clan stunt team will be on handd to help spread the mes­sage and high­light the joy of cy­cling.

Min­is­ter for Trans­port and Is­lands Derek Mackay said:“Last year, we in­vested record lev­els of al­most £40mil­lion on cy­cling projects.

“As I said re­cently, , I am determined to in­crease the spend on cy­cling this year not just on in­fra­struc­ture but also by ac­tively pro­mot­ing cy­cling as a pos­i­tive trans­port op­tion with health and en­vi­ron­men­tal benefits for all.

“Peo­ple on bikes have as much right to be on the road as other trans­port users and we should all re­spect that.

“We need to be vig­i­lant of vul­ner­a­ble road users, such as cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans, young and old. And if we can share the roads in a man­ner that takes ac­count of this then we will be cre­at­ing a safer and health­ier Scot­land.

“That is why I am de­lighted to sup­port the launch of this new cam­paign for cy­cle space on the roads and would urge ev­ery­one to heed its mes­sages. ”

Cy­cling Scot­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Keith Irv­ing added:“Cy­cling is be­com­ing an ev­ery­day ac­tiv­ity for peo­ple in many places across Scot­land but one of the key bar­ri­ers to more peo­ple cy­cling is con­cern about traf­fic and road be­hav­iour.

“Cy­cling Scot­land’s Give Ev­ery­one Cy­cle Space cam­paign re­minds peo­ple to drive and over­take safely around peo­ple rid­ing bikes, es­pe­cially chil­dren.

“To­gether with in­fra­struc­ture, pro­mo­tion and Bike­abil­ity Scot­land train­ing, this cam­paign will help Scot­land make progress to­wards the vi­sion of 10 per cent of jour­neys by bike by 2020.

“Lo­cally, we are work­ing with coun­cils and schools to de­liver led rides and route plan­ning to en­able young peo­ple to plan their cy­cle jour­neys to school and else­where, es­pe­cially as they make more in­de­pen­dent jour­neys from Pri­mary 5 on­wards.

“Whether it’s a per­son on a bike mak­ing the jour­ney to school, to work, to the shops or just for fun, we should all give ev­ery­one cy­cle space.” To find out more about how much space you should give when pass­ing some­one on a bike visit: www.cy­clingscot­land.org

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