Sarah Barth April 29 2017
A pilot close pass initiative in Scotland is already changing driver behaviour, according to Police Scotland.
Operation Close Pass sees drivers who pass an unmarked police cyclist too closely pulled over and given advice using a specially designed mat which shows how much space a person on a bicycle needs when overtaking them.
The ‘chat on the mat’ has been given to nearly 70 drivers since it was rolled out in Edinburgh on Monday 17th April.
Sixty-eight motorists have been spoken to after passing the plain clothed officer on a bike too closely, and PC Dominic Doyle who is running the operation said the message has been well received.
“We have carried out the operation in different parts of the city and whilst we have stopped roughly the same number of drivers in each location, the advice was definitely taken on board by those people and we have noticed the public reacting the same way.
“This week I’ve seen drivers giving cyclists far more room when overtaking and colleagues are reporting the same.
“We’ve also had a lot of positive feedback with different areas of Edinburgh being suggested where we could take the mat next.