Police in Highland Perthshire are urging drivers to be more careful on the road and be more considerate of other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
The Near Miss project is counting just how dangerous roads in the UK are, finding that cyclists experience at least one ‘very scary’ incident every week.
One cyclist commented: “You need your wits about you the whole time and it is hard to see how and when I will be confident to let my son cycle by himself on the road as I can’t trust other people to take care.”
Another said they every year they ‘experience an event so frightening that it alone makes them consider giving up cycling.’
This is why police in Highland Perthshire are calling on drivers to be more cautious out on the road.
They are reminding drivers that driving too close to a cyclist can result in a minimum fine of £100 and three penalty points.
Chief inspector, Graham Binnie, broke it down into bullet points:
- Always give at least a car’s width of space (1.5 metres) – this will usually mean crossing into the other lane.
- If you’re travelling above 30 mph, give more than 1.5 metres space.
- Wait at a safe distance until you have space and visibility to pass safely.
- Don't overtake at blind corners or if there's oncoming traffic.
- In towns and in slow-moving traffic, consider if there is any benefit to passing, especially if there are lights ahead.
- Don’t feel pressure from the person in the car behind to pass before it is safe.
However, the police are also reminding cyclists that they also have to be mindful of the rules on the road.
Mr Binnie added: “Highway Code Rule 64 states ‘you must not cycle on a pavement.’ Generally, anyone cycling on a footway or footpath in Scotland is committing an offence under Section 129(5) of The Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.
“It is however not an offence to cycle across a footway or footpath to access a cycle track, driveway or other land where cycling is allowed.
“And whilst it is perfectly legal for cyclists to ride beside each other or in the middle of the road we all need to respect each other, and I would hope that all road users would follow the letter of the law and the spirit in which it is intended to ensure that everyone can use our roads safely and without hindrance.”