Raising awareness of perils cyclists face
CYCLISTS have laid on a special course to enlighten motorists as to daily risks and dangers those on two wheels face.
The Plymouth Cycling Campaign (PCyC) which represents many cycling groups and organisations in and around the city, contacted the local Association of Professional Driving Instructors (APDI) to offer them short cycling courses.
The hope was for the driving instructors to pass on their new knowledge to their pupils.
In addition, to improve on biker safety, the PCyC contacted Plymouth City Council to ask if the electronic Variable Messaging Signs around the city could show the words 'Give Cyclists Space' to remind motorists to be aware of vulnerable cyclists.
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Larry Girling, APDI chairman in the South West said he was delighted his group could support PCyC.
He said: "Our members are all professional driver trainers working in and around the Plymouth area.
"As such we share a passionate interest in road safety and in teaching our new driver students the importance, and the responsibility they have, in sharing the roads with all other road users.
"Some of our members volunteered to undertake the cycling instruction and the experience gained will be shared so that everyone learns the importance of giving each other space."
Stuart Mee, chairman of the Plymouth Cycling Campaign, said: "We were pleased the APDI appreciated the part it could play in raising awareness of how vulnerable cyclists are.
"In accidents involving vehicles the cyclist will always come off worst, sadly sometimes with fatal results.
"I hope the 'Give Cyclists Space' campaign will help motorists to be more considerate towards cyclists.
"All cyclists should remember that good road manners on their part will help to promote a positive image of cycling.
"As we all have the right to use the public highway we must all behave responsibly and considerately."
Free cycle training is provided by Plymouth City Council under the Bikeability Scheme to anyone that lives or works in Plymouth.
Free Bikeability Training is also available to schools in Plymouth.
To access the training call 01752 550729 or visit the website www.plymouth.gov.uk/cycling.