Safety plea as cycling on rise

CYCLISTS are being urged to heed advice on how to stay safe on the roads.

Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership has made the call after an increase in the number of riders following the Tour de France and the Olympics.

Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “Cycling is an eco-friendly way to travel and a great way to keep fit – but there are risks involved. Bikes are easy for drivers to miss because they’re so much narrower than cars and riders are more vulnerable than drivers because they’ve not got the luxury of airbags, side impact bars and seatbelts.

“We’re doing all we can to make drivers more bike aware but we’re also encouraging cyclists to take simple steps to protect themselves.”

Advice includes regularly servicing bikes, wearing brightly-coloured and reflective clothing and a helmet, along with fitting lights and pedal reflectors when visibility is poor.