A CYCLE safety and awareness event will be held in Bournemouth Square this weekend, reminding motorists and cyclists to ‘Look Out’ for each other.

Council staff will be on hand from 11am to 3.30pm on Saturday to provide information on current and planned cycling improvements and urban cycling skills training courses.

The road safety team will invite people to test their reactions, Dorset Police will also be at the event to talk to the public about the Highway Code and provide safety tips and Streetwise will be demonstrating the importance of wearing a cycle helmet. As an added incentive for cyclists to come along, the council will be giving away free fluorescent rucksack covers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ian Kalra, pictured inset, head of transportation services, said: “More people than ever are taking up cycling in the town. The council is very keen to encourage further participation but at the same time we need to make sure that all road users are kept safe.

“This public event provides a great way for cyclists and motorists to find out more about infrastructure development and the best ways to use the roads together safely.”

The Look Out campaign is part of Bournemouth council’s Getting About travel programme. Brightly coloured Look Out posters have also been placed at the side of major roads, on buses and on cars in council car parks.

The event will not take place in bad weather. If it needs to be cancelled, a notice will be posted on the Bike Bournemouth Facebook page and the council’s Facebook and Twitter feed on Friday.