Cyclists and motorists urged to keep each other safe at special event

Bournemouth Echo: CYCLE wise: Alison Shelton from LV=Streetwise talks to Evan Kitson during the Lookout event held in Bournemouth Square to raise awareness for cyclists and motorists CYCLE wise: Alison Shelton from LV=Streetwise talks to Evan Kitson during the Lookout event held in Bournemouth Square to raise awareness for cyclists and motorists

CYCLISTS and motorists were encouraged to keep each other safe at a special event in Bournemouth Square at the weekend.

Staff from Bournemouth council, safety campaigners from LV= Streetwise and Dorset Police officers manned a stall in the town centre on Saturday as part of initiative Look Out, which aims to promote safety on the roads.

Riders bagged themselves a free fluorescent rucksack and were given the opportunity to test how they would react to dangerous situations that they might find themselves in on the busyroads.

Advice was also given on the Highway Code, appropriate clothing and lights for cyclists and the benefits of wearing a helmet.

Evan Kitson and three-month-old daughter Esme stopped to have a look at the stall.

Evan, who cycles to work during the summer months, said: “I read an article in the Daily Echo about cyclists being stopped by police, and it made me think about my how I cycle to work.

“I then realised I had to sort my lights out after reading that.

“I think it’s important to be as safe as possible on the roads as a cyclist or a motorist.”

Tomasz Suszyna, 28, is currently training for a triathlon and stopped to get advice on bike safety.

“Anything that will make me more visible on the roads is great,” he said.

“I use my bike all the time, so it’s nice to speak to the people here about it.”

Sophia O’Sullivan, senior rights of way officer for Bournemouth Council, said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant today.

“The response has been really positive, and lots of people are stopping to talk to us.

“We’re delighted with how it’s gone and we hope it makes a difference for both motorists and cyclists.”

  •  THE Look Out campaign is part of Bournemouth Council’s Getting About travel programme and its aim is to promote cycle safety by encouraging road users to respect each other’s needs.

Brightly coloured posters have been placed at the side of major roads, on buses and on cars in council-run car parks and campaign messages are featuring in the local media outlets.

The campaign’s main message to cyclists is to be visible, indicate your intentions, follow the Highway Code and respect the needs of pedestrians.

Motorists are advised to always look twice for cyclists, indicate your intentions, respect the needs of cyclists and give them plenty of space.

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4:18pm Tue 21 Jan 14

twynham says...

Judging by my recent experiences with Yellow Buses through Purewell it may not be a bad idea to put the brightly coloured posters inside the driver's cab!
Judging by my recent experiences with Yellow Buses through Purewell it may not be a bad idea to put the brightly coloured posters inside the driver's cab! twynham

4:51pm Tue 21 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

As far as 'keeping each other safe' is concerned, the lions share must rest with the motorist.
As far as 'keeping each other safe' is concerned, the lions share must rest with the motorist. The-Bleeding-Obvious

7:47pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Talbots says...

Here we go again. Blame the motorist
What about a YouGov poll which showed nearly one in five cyclists admitted to jumping a red light in the last six months. Cameras showed that at one London junction over half the cyclists jumped a red light.
What about road safety chiefs who are frightened to criticise fundamentalist cyclists for fear of cyber bullying by Lycra louts

Ask a pedestrian and they would say that cyclists are to blame for the lions share of accidents. I have a friend who is still suffering from being knocked over by a pavement cyclist two years ago.

Rather than blame what is needed is education.
Here we go again. Blame the motorist What about a YouGov poll which showed nearly one in five cyclists admitted to jumping a red light in the last six months. Cameras showed that at one London junction over half the cyclists jumped a red light. What about road safety chiefs who are frightened to criticise fundamentalist cyclists for fear of cyber bullying by Lycra louts Ask a pedestrian and they would say that cyclists are to blame for the lions share of accidents. I have a friend who is still suffering from being knocked over by a pavement cyclist two years ago. Rather than blame what is needed is education. Talbots

8:54pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Hobad1 says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
As far as 'keeping each other safe' is concerned, the lions share must rest with the motorist.
And why is that then ?
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: As far as 'keeping each other safe' is concerned, the lions share must rest with the motorist.[/p][/quote]And why is that then ? Hobad1

9:24pm Tue 21 Jan 14

lemonhead says...

And after what i saw today,i think the cyclists need to be more aware,at st swithins roundabout Bournemouth a young guy squeezed between a yellow bus and a red bus,fortunately the yellow bus driver was paying attention and saw him coming,or the idiot on the bike would have gone under the wheels of the yellow bus,i know there are motorists that dont pay attention,but im sorry many cyclists just ignore the road rules completely
And after what i saw today,i think the cyclists need to be more aware,at st swithins roundabout Bournemouth a young guy squeezed between a yellow bus and a red bus,fortunately the yellow bus driver was paying attention and saw him coming,or the idiot on the bike would have gone under the wheels of the yellow bus,i know there are motorists that dont pay attention,but im sorry many cyclists just ignore the road rules completely lemonhead

7:03am Wed 22 Jan 14

Former MEXE apprentice says...

Hobad1 wrote:
The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
As far as 'keeping each other safe' is concerned, the lions share must rest with the motorist.
And why is that then ?
Oh dear? You only need a Nano IQ realise that any accident between a car and a cyclist, regardless of fault, the cyclist that's going to, err 'come off worst' so to speak, get it?
[quote][p][bold]Hobad1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: As far as 'keeping each other safe' is concerned, the lions share must rest with the motorist.[/p][/quote]And why is that then ?[/p][/quote]Oh dear? You only need a Nano IQ realise that any accident between a car and a cyclist, regardless of fault, the cyclist that's going to, err 'come off worst' so to speak, get it? Former MEXE apprentice

10:09am Wed 22 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

lemonhead wrote:
And after what i saw today,i think the cyclists need to be more aware,at st swithins roundabout Bournemouth a young guy squeezed between a yellow bus and a red bus,fortunately the yellow bus driver was paying attention and saw him coming,or the idiot on the bike would have gone under the wheels of the yellow bus,i know there are motorists that dont pay attention,but im sorry many cyclists just ignore the road rules completely
I saw a local young oik on Monday night on a BMX bike. He was cycling at speed on the pavement - the usual no lights dark clothing etc. He tore round the bend - if there had of been a pedestrian on the pavement he/she would have been wiped out. He then shot across the junction and proceeded down the road very erratically weaving across the road at speed!
[quote][p][bold]lemonhead[/bold] wrote: And after what i saw today,i think the cyclists need to be more aware,at st swithins roundabout Bournemouth a young guy squeezed between a yellow bus and a red bus,fortunately the yellow bus driver was paying attention and saw him coming,or the idiot on the bike would have gone under the wheels of the yellow bus,i know there are motorists that dont pay attention,but im sorry many cyclists just ignore the road rules completely[/p][/quote]I saw a local young oik on Monday night on a BMX bike. He was cycling at speed on the pavement - the usual no lights dark clothing etc. He tore round the bend - if there had of been a pedestrian on the pavement he/she would have been wiped out. He then shot across the junction and proceeded down the road very erratically weaving across the road at speed! suzigirl

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