Look Out for free safety gear and advice at cycling event in the Square

BRIGHT IDEAS: Pat Gough and Sarah Lawrence show off the free fluorescent rucksack covers

BRIGHT IDEAS: Pat Gough and Sarah Lawrence show off the free fluorescent rucksack covers

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CYCLISTS will be able to bag themselves a free fluorescent rucksack cover along with essential road safety advice in Bournemouth today.

The ‘Look Out’ event will be held in the Square between 11am and 3.30pm, with the aim of helping cyclists and motorists avoid being involved in accidents.

Staff from Bournemouth Council will be on hand to discuss the current and planned cycling infrastructure and assist anyone who wants to register for an urban cycling skills training course.

The road safety team will invite attendees to test how they would react to dangerous situations and Dorset Police will be there talking about the Highway Code and appropriate clothing and lights for cyclists.

Safety campaigners from LV= Streetwise will be demonstrating the benefits of cycle helmets and measuring children with their pop-up car seat height banner.

Free high-visibility rucksack covers will be handed out to visitors while stocks last, a limited number will also be available at the Daily Echo front office in Bournemouth.

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 local media.

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.

Police offer free identity mark

CYCLISTS in Poole can have their bicycles marked free of charge by police on Saturday.

Poole Town and Oakdale Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) will be marking bikes at the Joint Emergency Services Building in Wimborne Road between 12noon and 3pm.

And officers from the Rossmore and Alderney SNT will be at the student entrance to St Aldhelm’s Academy in Herbert Avenue between 2pm and 4pm.

Officers will be using BikeRegister marking kits and these will be available on a first come first served basis. Police recover large numbers of bikes in the town every year but only a fraction can be traced back to their owners.

Acting Sergeant Adam Gill, of the Rossmore and Alderney SNT, said: “If you can’t make it today, the best way to ensure that your bike will be returned to you if it is recovered by police is to take down the serial number (engraved into the frame and normally found under the bottom bracket) and register it on a secure online database such as bikeregister.com “Police have access to the database and can easily trace the bike back to you.” However he said this was not a substitute for a good quality D-lock.

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11:22am Sat 18 Jan 14

mudeford7 says...

The best place to give advice would be at Bournemouth Uni. So many ride with out lights and dark clothing and no High visilble yellow clothing or the rusksacks to put their books in thats if they are students
The best place to give advice would be at Bournemouth Uni. So many ride with out lights and dark clothing and no High visilble yellow clothing or the rusksacks to put their books in thats if they are students mudeford7
  • Score: 10

11:50am Sat 18 Jan 14

Isosceles says...

There is no such thing as free, someone, presumably the taxpayers, pays for these 'freebies'.
There is no such thing as free, someone, presumably the taxpayers, pays for these 'freebies'. Isosceles
  • Score: -3

12:40pm Sat 18 Jan 14

fairlylocal says...

mudeford7 wrote:
The best place to give advice would be at Bournemouth Uni. So many ride with out lights and dark clothing and no High visilble yellow clothing or the rusksacks to put their books in thats if they are students
Actually, the best place would be the language colleges. And the schools. And community centres. And the hospitals. And the council. And the businesses. And people's houses. Everywhere in fact, because it's not just one type of person who doesn't wear hi-vis clothing, lights, and a helmet.
[quote][p][bold]mudeford7[/bold] wrote: The best place to give advice would be at Bournemouth Uni. So many ride with out lights and dark clothing and no High visilble yellow clothing or the rusksacks to put their books in thats if they are students[/p][/quote]Actually, the best place would be the language colleges. And the schools. And community centres. And the hospitals. And the council. And the businesses. And people's houses. Everywhere in fact, because it's not just one type of person who doesn't wear hi-vis clothing, lights, and a helmet. fairlylocal
  • Score: 9

5:21pm Sat 18 Jan 14

scrumpyjack says...

Isosceles wrote:
There is no such thing as free, someone, presumably the taxpayers, pays for these 'freebies'.
Actually 'Streetwise' is run and paid for by local company LV=.
[quote][p][bold]Isosceles[/bold] wrote: There is no such thing as free, someone, presumably the taxpayers, pays for these 'freebies'.[/p][/quote]Actually 'Streetwise' is run and paid for by local company LV=. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 8

6:11pm Sat 18 Jan 14

sprintervanman says...

I wonder if the hi-vis rucksack cover would have stopped the bloke driving a 63 plate Audi in front of my van tonight from pulling into and stopping dead in the cycle lane with no signal of intent on Glenferness Ave forcing the cyclist in that lane to move out into traffic.The cyclist was lit up like a Christmas tree so the 'did not see ya mate' was null and void on that one.Perhaps if Audi man was not trying to juggle his phone and coffee cup at the same time,which is what he was doing he would not have had to endanger another road user.
I wonder if the hi-vis rucksack cover would have stopped the bloke driving a 63 plate Audi in front of my van tonight from pulling into and stopping dead in the cycle lane with no signal of intent on Glenferness Ave forcing the cyclist in that lane to move out into traffic.The cyclist was lit up like a Christmas tree so the 'did not see ya mate' was null and void on that one.Perhaps if Audi man was not trying to juggle his phone and coffee cup at the same time,which is what he was doing he would not have had to endanger another road user. sprintervanman
  • Score: 20

7:26pm Sat 18 Jan 14

uvox44 says...

Isosceles says...
There is no such thing as free, someone, presumably the taxpayers, pays for these 'freebies'.

And the Victor Meldrew award for moaning goes to......
Isosceles says... There is no such thing as free, someone, presumably the taxpayers, pays for these 'freebies'. And the Victor Meldrew award for moaning goes to...... uvox44
  • Score: 10

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