Police urge safety whilst cycling now dark mornings and evenings are approaching

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Staffordshire police and the Staffordshire safer roads partnership are urging drivers and cyclists to make sure they’re safe now evenings and mornings are darker.

With darker mornings and evenings approaching, and the change in weather conditions, it’s more important than ever that both cyclists and drivers prepare themselves this Autumn and consider their own and other’s safety on the roads.  

Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership has launched its safety campaign ahead of the clocks going back at the end of October.

Research shows that most collisions with cyclists happen during morning and evening rush hour times. Traffic is increased during this time and you may be rushing to get to or from work, whether you are travelling by bicycle or car.

When overtaking cyclists, the Highway Code states that you should leave at least as much room as you would when overtaking another car. You should allow at least 1.5m passing distance when travelling at 30mph – you need to leave more space when travelling at higher speeds. This distance helps protect you and other road users.

Information on ensuring you are prepared can be found on the Staffordshire safer roads partnership website.