The wheel deal

Some im­por­tant tips for bi­cy­cle safety

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Ruther­glen Po­lice have is­sued guide­lines with re­gards to bike safety.

Con­sta­ble Richard Sam­son was speak­ing fol­low­ing Lan­de­mer Day and Sum­mer­fest, where he said many peo­ple ap­proached him with ques­tions re­gard­ing bike and road safety.

With re­gards to keep­ing safe on the road, PC Sam­son is­sued ad­vice for both mo­torists and cy­clists.

He said: “If you’re driv­ing a car, here is some good ad­vice:

“When you’re driv­ing, look out for cy­clists, es­pe­cially when turn­ing - make eye con­tact if pos­si­ble so they know you’ve seen them.

“Use your in­di­ca­tors - sig­nal your in­ten­tions so that cy­clists can re­act.

“Give cy­clists plenty of space when over tak­ing them, leav­ing as much room as you would give a car. If there isn’t suf­fi­cient space to pass, hold back. Re­mem­ber that cy­clists may need to ma­noeu­vre sud­denly if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a car door is opened.”

He also urged peo­ple to check for cy­clists when they open their car door, and that ad­vanced stop lines al­low cy­clists to get to the front and in­crease their vis­i­bil­ity.

He added: “You must stop at the first white line reached if the lights are am­ber or red and al­low cy­clists time and space to move off when the green sig­nal shows.

“Fol­low the High­way Code in­clud­ing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traf­fic lights.”

And for cy­clists on the road con­sta­ble Sam­son added: “Ride pos­i­tively, de­ci­sively and well clear of the kerb – look and sig­nal to show driv­ers what you plan to do and make eye con­tact where pos­si­ble so you know driv­ers have seen you

“Avoid rid­ing up the in­side of large ve­hi­cles, like lor­ries or buses, where you might not be seen

“Al­ways use lights af­ter dark or when vis­i­bil­ity is poor.

“Wear­ing light coloured or re­flec­tive cloth­ing dur­ing the day and re­flec­tive cloth­ing and/or ac­ces­sories in the dark in­creases your vis­i­bil­ity.”

He also urged cy­clists to fol­low the High­way Code in­clud­ing ob­serv­ing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traf­fic lights.

He ad­vised cy­clists to wear a cor­rectly fit­ted cy­cle hel­met, which is se­curely fas­tened and con­forms to cur­rent reg­u­la­tions.

In ad­di­tion to keep­ing safe on the road, PC Sam­son also gave ad­vice on keep­ing your bike safe from thieves.

He added: “Ruther­glen Po­lice have re­cently re­ceived calls from peo­ple in our com­mu­nity re­port­ing the theft of their bikes.

“If you need to park your bike in a public place, choose an area with high peo­ple traf­fic, that’s well lit and prefer­ably CCTV mon­i­tored.

“Se­cure your bi­cy­cle to a per­ma­nent struc­ture such as a bike rack or rail­ing. En­sure all re­mov­able com­po­nents are locked or se­cured.

“Make per­ma­nent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion mark­ings on the bi­cy­cle such as en­grav­ings or your post­code. Con­sider reg­is­ter­ing it or fix se­cu­rity la­bels.

“Use a qual­ity lock and chain. Try to se­lect one that is anti theft or ex­tremely heavy duty and would be dif­fi­cult to over­come or cut.”

If you would like any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this topic, go to www.think.di­rect.gov. uk/cy­cling­www.scot­land.po­lice.uk.

On your bike Con­sta­ble Richie Sam­son with St Charles pupil An­drew Grant (11). An­drew was get­ting his bike tagged.

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