Unseen cyclists surprise most drivers

A vast majority of drivers have suggested that it is difficult to see the hazards that can lead to cycle accidents, according to a new survey.

More than nine in 10 (93%) of motorists claim it is sometimes hard to see cyclists while driving, while 55% of motorists are regularly “surprised when a cyclist appears from nowhere”.

The AA/Populus results from a poll of 17,629 drivers coincided with the launch of a national Think Bikes awareness campaign.

This has been introduced by the AA and the AA Charitable Trust in conjunction with the British Cycling and the Motorcycle Industry Association.

As many as 1 million free stickers are being distributed to motorists as a reminder to do a “double-take” in their mirrors for cycles and motorcycles in their blind spots.

Bid to reduce road traffic accidents

AA president Edmund King said the organisation’s findings underline the need for the new campaign to help reduce road traffic accidents involving cyclists.

He said: “Those on two wheels never appear from nowhere so as drivers we need to be more alert to other road users.”

Former Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman, 20-times Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness and the Metropolitan Police are also among those involved in the launch.

Boardman hopes the initiative will help nurture a “culture of mutual respect between all road users”.

In addition, the AA/Populus poll showed that 54% of drivers believe that pedal cyclists are inconsiderate road users. London motorists are the most likely to look out for pedal cyclists.

Call Accident Advice Helpline today

Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can help cyclists when road traffic accidents are caused by someone else.

Its no-win no-fee* solicitors will listen to your road accident claims. The national law firm service offers free 24-hour helpline advice.

So if you’ve suffered a traffic accident, check out AAH website, which also offers an informative blog page, including how to stay safe while cycling in the city.

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