The wheel deal
Some important tips for bicycle safety
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.