Cycling club’s plea to drivers

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A cycling club today renewed calls for drivers to take more care on the roads after another of its members was involved in a collision.

As reported in The Gazette last week, Steve Whiteside, secretary of the Cleveleys Road Club, has hit out at “bad drivers” after a number of incidents involving cyclists being involved in accidents with cars in the past few months.

Police figures revealed the number of cyclists left seriously injured after collisions on the Fylde coast has almost quadrupled between April and July, compared to the same period last year.

The latest incident happened a fortnight ago when the man, from St Annes, was involved in a collision near Liverpool.

Thankfully, he escaped with minor injuries.

Mr Whiteside said: “He is OK, but a bit bruised up, just from brief memory this year that’s three of our members who have been involved in collisions this year.

“Interestingly three were on straight roads.”

Pedal cyclists accounted for seven per cent of all casualties and 10 per cent of those killed or seriously injured in Lancashire in 2012.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard, from Lancashire Police’s Road Policing Unit, said: “We have seen an increase in the popularity of cycling in recent years so there are now more cyclists on our roads.

“Despite falling trends in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, the proportion of casualties which cyclists account for is an increasing one.

“Cyclists can leave themselves vulnerable when riding on our roads and we want to remind them of the importance of wearing a cycling helmet and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike.”

She added: “We are dedicated to keeping cyclists safe on our roads and we are carrying out operations across the county to help to raise awareness of safe cycling and the need for motorists to look out for riders.”