Alex Bowden April 18 2017
Police in Belfast are to launch a version of West Midlands’ Police’s close-pass initiative as part of a new cyclist-focused road safety campaign. As well as stopping motorists who pass too close to plain clothes officers on bikes when overtaking, cyclists are being encouraged to use cameras and bike lights.
ITV reports that the #seethecyclist campaign began last week and a “considerable” number of people have already been spoken to.
In a post on Facebook, PSNI Belfast City Centre, said: “They were a tad shocked (to say the least) when the police motorcyclist pulled them over and explained to them that the cyclist in slightly too tight lycra that they had just skimmed is a police officer… and it’s on camera.”
The campaign will initially focus on education – “unless it’s really dangerous” – but will move onto enforcement at a later date.
The campaign will also involve operations detecting poor and dangerous cycling.
“There are some seriously scary cyclists out there too, and this road safety operation is intended to help keep EVERYONE safer on the roads. The roads are for everyone and both cyclists and motorist should show respect and consideration for each other. There is no doubt that in the cyclist v motorist debate there are good and bad on both sides.”