Wednesday, May 17th 2017 at 10:41AM BST
North Yorkshire Police has launched its close pass campaign, to educate drivers in regard to the amount of room they should allow when overtaking a cyclist.
Working alongside road safety partners 95 Alive and with the support of Cycling UK, Operation Spartan, North Yorkshire Police’s campaign to protect vulnerable road users aims to educate drivers that they should leave at least 1.5m of space, in order to safely overtake a cyclist.
Launching the campaign at York Sport Village cycling track, North Yorkshire Police will be the first force in the UK to use a close pass mat, which has been developed and funded by Cycling UK’s Too Close for Comfort kickstarter appeal. The mat clearly depicts the amount of room drivers should use when carrying out an overtaking manoeuvre.
The crowd sourcing appeal raised £14,500 through donations from Cycling UK members and 970 organisations, enabling Cycling UK to provide every police force in the UK access to a close pass mat, to form part of their own safety campaign.