Most people are familiar with the AA but you may be forgiven for assuming it only relates to cars. You may be surprised then to learn this motoring organisation has launched a brand-new campaign aimed at protecting cyclists.
The AA Think Bike campaign is aimed at drivers on the roads but the idea is to make sure heightened awareness ensures cyclists and also motorcyclists can be safer. According to a poll more than half of drivers have expressed surprise when a cyclist suddenly appears and they didn’t realise they were there. In addition to this 93% accepted that cyclists were particularly vulnerable as road users. Ironically exactly the same amount said they sometimes had trouble seeing that cyclists were there.
Many other organisations have stepped up to support the AA Think Bike campaign. It aims to make sure more drivers are more aware of their surroundings by using their mirrors more often (something they should do anyway). It is also hoped that giving way to cyclists will come into better use. Even though it appears in the Highway Code few drivers follow it. Making cyclists safer is something all drivers could contribute to.
Are you safe as a cyclist on the roads?
The best way to stay safe is to ride your bike in a defensive manner. You cannot assume any driver has seen you, as the statistics mentioned above reveal. More than half do not see cyclists and if you assume they have seen you when this is not the case, it could easily lead to an accident. Being alert will not completely get rid of all chances of an accident occurring, but it will help tip the odds in your favour. Everything you can do to help is a good move.
If you have been in an accident, our professional injury compensation lawyers could help
Being involved in any kind of accident is never good news. However if you believe someone else was at fault and has caused you injury or damaged your bike, you could have a chance to make a compensation claim. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today by calling the 24/7 enquiry line we have set up. It’s completely free and you can receive no-obligation advice as soon as you call. Don’t be left wondering – call now to find out where you stand legally so you know where to go next.
Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown