Undercover bike cops launch ‘best ever’ cycle safety scheme in Birmingham
Campaigners hope the operation, that sees plain clothes police on bikes pull over drivers that pass too close, will be taken up across the country
For the first three months of the scheme, drivers that pass too close will be offered a choice of prosecution or a demonstration on how to overtake safely. Photograph: Courtesy of WMP Traffic
Friday 16 September 2016 16.20
When Mark Hodson gets on his bike in the morning, like many cyclists in the UK, he has come to expect a few close calls. Perhaps drivers will whizz past him too close, or someone will even try a ‘punishment pass’.
Luckily, Hodson is a West Midlands Police traffic officer, albeit in plain clothes, and just yards up the road a colleague in a police car is waiting to pull over drivers that give him less than 1.5m space when overtaking (a distance that increases for faster speeds and larger vehicles).