Friday, September 16th 2016 at 12:01AM BST
Cycling UK has called West Midlands Police force’s new zero tolerance approach to close-passes of cyclists by motorists the “best ever cyclist road safety initiative”.
The BikeBiz report on the new stance went viral when it was published last Friday – it now has 7200 Facebook likes. The West Midlands Traffic Police Unit will be formally introducing the initiative this Friday at an event to be attended by unofficial “cycling Csar” Chris Boardman, who will represent British Cycling, and who fronts the video below about “how to overtake cyclists”. The event will also be attended by officials from Cycling UK, the new name for CTC.
“Close passes of cyclists, sometimes called near misses, put riders at risk and put other people off cycling,” said a statement from Cycling UK.
“West Midlands Police is the first force in the country to fully appreciate this and commit to a bold and intelligence-led enforcement operation to protect vulnerable road users.”
Cycling UK added that: “The Highway Code rules clearly state that drivers should allow vulnerable road users as much room as they would a car when overtaking – but many people seem not to know this, and many who do ignore it.”