A NEW POLICE INITIATIVE aimed at keeping cyclists safe is being launched in Hedon.
Cyclists caught flouting the law by riding without lights, on the pavements, or ignoring road signs and traffic lights will be offered a place on a Bike Wise seminar as an alternative to a fixed penalty notice or summons to court.
Sergeant Phil Hinch from the Holderness Neighbourhood Policing Team said:
“Whilst cycling without lights and failing to observe traffic signals may seem relatively harmless, the consequences of any road user engaging in such behaviour can be dire. Cyclists, in particular can be vulnerable road users, and by overlooking simple safety measures take the chance of increasing their risk of injury.”
Police officers will be looking at the behaviour of cyclists and will offer the Bike Wise seminars to those presenting a risk to road safety and breaking the law. This would be offered as an alternative to court proceedings or £30 fixed penalty notices.
The Bike Wise sessions will be given by local neighbourhood police officers and present appropriate cycle safety information to those selected to attend. The seminars will pro-actively promote road safety and crime prevention and encourage people to be seen and use lights at night.
The Seminars will take place in the Scouts Hut, Sheriffs Highway, Hedon and are in conjunction with Hedon Youth Initiative who have kindly donated a number of sets of lights to launch the project which will be given to each attendee.