Police launch safety campaign

By Emily Pearce

Sunday, October 7, 2012

 

THE number of cyclists hurt on Hampshire and Isle of Wight roads increased by eight per cent last year, with one killed and 190 seriously injured.

Police this week launched the Steer Clear campaign to cut the number of road casualties.

Officers will target cyclists who fail to stop at red lights and pedestrian crossings, and hand out information leaflets, high-visibility rucksacks and discount vouchers for protective equipment.

Campaign co-ordinator Sgt Darren Ord said: "We want to foster a culture of mutual respect between all road users to create a safer environment on the roads. We aim to do this through education, enforcement and engaging with the public, whether they are motorists, cyclists or pedestrians."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Mike Crowe

9th October 2012, at 19:40:27

Sidney, would that be so that they can give warning that pedestrians must get out of their way when they ride on the pavement?

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by sidney barton

8th October 2012, at 20:10:06

I think ALL cyclists should be made to have a bell on their cycles. all cars have to have a working warning device.I.E. A HORN.

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by Spencer Wright

8th October 2012, at 10:56:20

Mike your thoughts and comments are out-dated. I'm not surprised you have chosen to opt-out. Your arguments had no substance which is shown in your petty replies. On another note to the IOW Council, i hope there is someone up there in authority reading this. Your roads are shocking. I have recently rode in both France and on the mainland and the difference in the state of the roads are incredible. Please sort it out. cyclists are here to stay especially with the current climate. Please make it easier for us so we don't have to contend with drivers like Mike and make the roads safer for everyone!

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by Mike Crowe

8th October 2012, at 10:37:42

""Why should a cyclist pull over for traffic?""

Well, there you are. Says it all.

End of conversation.

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by Spencer Wright

8th October 2012, at 10:35:20

Another cheap shot Mike, yes, as humans we all contribute, i will sleep happy at night though Mike knowing that by cycling, im not adversely adding to it and staying fit and healthy at the same time. Your other comment worries me, if you can a-liken a 2ft wide bike with a JCB then ought to book a appointment at specsavers straight away! Alot of the traffic hold ups are due to the incompetence of the drivers on the road and not the other way around.

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by Mike Crowe

8th October 2012, at 10:13:29

"O2 Ozone"

I just knew a cyclist would hit that button at some time or other.

The human being, no matter what he or she does, makes ANY difference to the Ozone layer whatsoever and if you want to believe the commercialised rubbish. I pity you.

At least JCBs pull over when they have a queue behind them. I have NEVER seen a cyclist do such a thing

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by Spencer Wright

8th October 2012, at 10:04:43

Ha Ha... You make me laugh Mike! I pass cars going down the Dual carriageway and normally meet them in Fishbourne! You just keep contributing to the diminishing the O2 Ozone layer. I bet you feel really good powering past the cycles in your car. One of the comments that didnt make it due to my word count is this: We dont want to use the roads, if there were sufficiently good cycle paths i wouldnt be anywhere near you or your roads. The IOW roads are atrocious and are as lethal as the drivers that use them!

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by Johnny Holmes

8th October 2012, at 10:02:56

Some pretty stupid comments coming out about cyclists. Cyclists dont cause pollution, you may be held up behind a bike for a short moment but only takes a minute to overtake so they dont cause traffic jams, it is a great way of staying healthy. Bikes dont cause damage to roads where as cars do. . With the fuel prices so high I reckon you will see alot more cyclists on the road soon...

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by Mike Crowe

8th October 2012, at 09:37:42

""Most people in reality will have a car seperately so will pay tax ""

I wish you would use the damn thing then and keep up with the traffic instead of holding up the traffic

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by Spencer Wright

8th October 2012, at 09:25:05

It seems half of my comments were not written down as i didn't realise there was a word limit. basically i was saying, the roads and drivers over here are shocking. We take our lives in our own hands every time we ride to work or take to the roads.

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