The Metropolitan Police and Transport for London (TfL) are encouraging cyclists to Be Safe, Be Bright, Be Seen as the darker evenings approach this winter. The statement comes as police conduct Operation Safeway, a campaign which aims to educate road users as well as penalise those not following the rules of the road.
More than 500 officers will be deployed to various key junctions in the city in order to provide advice to road users and to issue fines to cyclists without lights and to drivers who may be committing driving offences such as using a mobile phone. The darker evenings have been linked to an increase in the number of serious injuries and fatal accidents on the road leading police to step up their presence in the city.
Operation Safety launched last year in response to a series of cyclist and pedestrian deaths on the roads of London and has been successful at raising awareness of road safety. Chief Superintendent Matt Bell has urged cyclists to be as visible as possible by putting good lights on their bikes, white at the front and red at the rear. This is a legal requirement and could prevent harm coming to cyclists using the roads in the darker evenings.
Steven Burton, Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations at TfL stated that the enforcement activity combined with the advice given by officers on the streets of London will help to build further awareness of road safety and will hopefully reduce the number of injuries on the roads. The director encourages all cyclists to check that their lights are working and bright enough to be seen by other road users.
Effects of campaigns and enforcement
The Be Safe, Be Bright, Be Seen campaign has a clear message to cyclists in order to ensure that they are visible on the roads. Campaigns like this encourage all road users to think about road safety and to ensure that they are aware of their legal requirements while cycling or driving.
Although many cyclists wear the correct safety clothing and have lights to ensure visibility, some road users do not show the same courtesy to cyclists as others. If you have been involved in a cycling accident that was another road user’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
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