Portsmouth Police hit the streets to share cycling safety tips

Cyclists in Portsmouth using accident blackspots have been targeted in a night-time ‘be safe, be seen’ campaign by local police. 

The force, along with council officers spoke to over 400 cyclists at 5 places where accidents involving cyclists are higher than anywhere else in the area.

They handed out free hi-vis jackets and backpack covers to cyclists who needed them and reminded riders that lights are essential in dark conditions. 

Cyclists in Portsmouth using accident blackspots have been targeted in a night-time ‘be safe, be seen’ campaign by local police. 

The force, along with council officers spoke to over 400 cyclists at 5 places where accidents involving cyclists are higher than anywhere else in the area.

They handed out free hi-vis jackets and backpack covers to cyclists who needed them and reminded riders that lights are essential in dark conditions.

They also handed out safety leaflets which offer a range of useful tips for staying safe on the roads, as well as pointing out that riding on the pavement is an offence, as is riding without lights or brakes.

Out of the 422 people they spoke to, Police said that 85% of the riders were commuters, with 73% of them being men. 

A spokesperson from the council said, “Our officers and police did a great job, getting out there as the evenings get darker.

“They asked cyclists to stop and chat about lights, hi-vis clothing and riding in the correct position on the road, to make sure they could be seen by other road users.”

A cycling accident compensation specialist from Cycle Assist  also added, “These campaigns are great for cyclists as is shows them ways of avoiding accidents.”

“Being seen is an important step towards avoiding cycling accidents all together, particularly in these dark winter months.”

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