With the summer holidays now ending and the kids going back to school, kick start your day by cycling to work on Thursday 3rd September as part of national Cycle to Work day. To coincide with the event, which encourages more people to take to two wheels and cycle to work, the Safer Roads Partnership is issuing important safety advice to cyclists and drivers in a bid to make riders safer on the roads.

Research by the University of East Anglia has found that active commuters, such as cyclists, feel better able to concentrate and under less strain than when travelling by car. The physical health benefits of exercise are already well known but the study reinforces the idea that there are positive psychological effects too. Those who had an active commute were found to have a higher level of well-being than those who travelled by car or public transport.

National Cycle to Work Day is organised by Cyclesheme and supported by Denice van Outen. Pledge your support for the scheme by going to www.cycletoworkday.org and register your miles for Cycle to Work Day. Over the last two years, tens of thousands of commuters have taken to the streets, and cycled over a half million miles for Cycle to Work Day.

With an anticipated increase in the number of cyclists on the road for Cycle to Work Day, drivers are urged to be extra vigilant and look out for cyclists, especially at junctions when turning. 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.

Cyclists are urged to ride positively, decisively and keep 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.
Cyclists can also protect themselves by wearing a correctly fitted cycle helmet and by using high visibility clothing or accessories to make them more visible to other road users, especially in reduced light conditions or at night.

Joanne Wehrle, the interim Safer Roads Partnership Manager said, “Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it’s also a form of transport. It saves you money, gets you fit and is good for the environment. For those people who are cycling for the first time or who aren’t confident, cycle skills training is available across South Yorkshire.

“The Safer Roads Partnership team will also be visiting popular cycle commuter routes across South Yorkshire through the week. They will be handing out FREE cycle packs to cyclists containing a hi visibility vest and cycle safety information.”

The team will be at the following locations between 7:30am and 9:30am each day:

  • Tuesday 1st September – Rotherham Police Station, Main Street
  • Wednesday 2nd – Doncaster Rail Station
  • Thursday 3rd – Sheffield, underpass at the junction of Ecclesall Rd and St Mary’s Gate
  • Friday 4th – adjacent to Onyx Retail Park, Manvers Way, Wath Upon Dearne

For more information about FREE cycle skills training, offered as part of the InMotion! Programme, call 01709 515151 and ask about the Cycle Boost scheme in your area.

The South Yorkshire Safer Road Partnership Team is available to provide advice, training, support and information on a variety of topics including safety for pedestrians, cyclists, powered two wheeled riders and drivers. If you would like further road safety advice, please visit us at www.lifewise999.co.uk/road-safety or email saferroads@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

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Note to Editors

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is made up of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils, Highways England, SYPTE, the University of Sheffield, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, public health bodies, South Yorkshire Police (including South Yorkshire Safety Cameras), Peak District National Park Authority and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Its aim is to reduce the number of people injured in road traffic collisions and make South Yorkshire roads safer.

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Alex Linton
Safer Roads Education Manager
South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
T: 01709 832369
E: alex.linton@syltp.org.uk