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Free high visibility vests for South Yorkshire cyclists

Nov 30 2011

Every year across the country around 17,000 cyclists are involved in road traffic collisions, with approximately 2,500 being killed or seriously injured.

With dark nights and winter weather upon us, the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership aims to reduce this figure, encouraging cyclists to think about how they can make themselves safer and more visible to other road users.

The Partnership has a number of high visibility vests that are available free of charge to adult cyclists while stocks last. Vests can be collected from the following places across South Yorkshire:

  • Barnsley - Connects Offices and libraries
  • Doncaster - Scarborough House Council Office reception
  • Rotherham - Council libraries
  • Sheffield - Howden House Council Office reception

Superintendent Eddie Murphy said: “According to ROSPA, the most dangerous hours for cyclists are during the rush hour - 8.00 to 9.00am and 3.00 to 6.00pm on weekdays. Research also shows that cycling collisions in the dark are more likely to be fatal.

“Cycling is a great way of travelling, it is environmentally friendly and very cost effective but cyclists must be aware that they are often more vulnerable than other road users. Items such as bike lights, high visibility vests and helmets are all ways that cyclists can make themselves more easily seen. The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership sees this as such an important issue that we thought it was appropriate to take this measure. Cyclists must take positive action to keep themselves safe”.

 

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