Helping cyclists stay safe

01 Mar 2016 15:07 PM

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Police in Jesmond are running an operation aimed at helping make cyclists safer.

Operation Delta, which will run this evening (March 1), will see officers from the Jesmond neighbourhood policing team out on the streets stopping cyclists and passing on crime prevention advice.

The aim is to help make them safer out on the roads and also help them to protect their bikes from thieves.

They will be stopping and speaking to cyclists in the Jesmond area about general cycle safety, passing on advice about lights, helmets, and appropriate clothing.

They will also be raising awareness around the importance of storing your bike safely, using good quality D locks and tips on how to improve your cycle security.

The officers will be out and about between 5:30pm and 7:30pm and anyone who wants any advice or wants to speak to the team is more than welcome to stop and have a chat.

Newcastle East Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Brotherton said: "We know Jesmond is a popular area for cyclists and we want to do all we can to help them stay safe on the roads and also to protect their bikes from thieves.

"The vast majority of cyclists are safety conscious and do ensure they have lights and helmets and safety clothing, but there are some who don't and operations like this are carried out so we can raise awareness and ensure cyclists have the right advice to be safe.

"While Op Delta focuses on cyclists we are fully aware that motorists have their part to play in making sure cyclists are safe on the roads and this is something which Motor patrols tackle as part of Operation Dragoon and their roads policing initiatives. It's vital that all people who use our road network - drivers, cyclist and pedestrians - are safe, and this is our ultimate aim.

"The most important safety message for cyclists is to make sure they can be seen by motorists, wear high viz vests and clothing and make sure their bike is fitted with front and rear lights - cyclists should do everything they can to make sure that those in cars know they are there."

Motor Patrols Chief Inspector John Heckels, who is head of Op Dragoon, said: "Our priority when it comes to cyclists is to make sure they are safe as they are among the most vulnerable road users.

"I am fully supportive of this operation and would urge the public to take note of the advice. If you are a keen cyclist then make sure you are clearly visible to road users as vehicles can turn unexpectedly and leave you with nowhere to go.

"At the end of the day the safety of the public will always be our number one priority."

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