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Undercover police will begin targeting motorists who fail to comply with the Highway Code when overtaking cyclists on busy London roads, in a bid to improve cyclist safety. The new system has been implemented by the Met Police Service to improve road and public safety, and provide cyclists in London with extra safety support.

This new approach to road safety will involve police approaching dangerous drivers, who demonstrate that they do not know or do not practise safe driving when passing cyclists on the road. The Met’s cycle safety team will be responsible for following the new Space for Cyclists rules, to ensure the people of London have the confidence to ride a bike on busy roads, without the fear of being involved in a collision.

London is rife with cyclists, who use their bikes as a means of transport to commute to work and travel into the central city zones. What many drivers forget is, cyclists are extremely vulnerable road users, alongside pedestrians. In fact, cyclists are more at risk of being involved in a collision than any other road user, which is precisely why undercover police are taking action to tackle this important road safety issue.

With more and more people reaping the benefits of the Cycle to Work scheme, plus the growing concerns about air pollution in London, learning about cyclist safety is more important than ever before. Undercover police will not only target dangerous drivers who pose a serious danger to cyclists’ safety, but will also pull them over to educate and demonstrate how to overtake a cyclist safely.

If you’re unsure if you’re overtaking a cyclist safely, make it your priority to find out. How? Practise safe driving and make sure you are following the rules stated in the Highway Code, which we at Ango Liners have listed for you, below:

 

‘Rule 162:

– Before overtaking you should make sure the road is sufficiently clear ahead

– There is a suitable gap in front of the road user you plan to overtake

Rule 163:

– Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so.

– You should not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake.

– Move quickly past the vehicle you are overtaking, once you have started to overtake.

– Allow plenty of room.

– Move back to the left as soon as you can, but do not cut in.

– Give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.