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Capital’s drivers and cyclists are urged to be on their best behaviour and show mutual respect

London’s road users are being encouraged to show each other more respect as a crackdown begins on law-breakers.

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, Transport for London (TfL) and the police are stepping up the number of operations targeting cyclists and drivers who disobey the rules of the road.

Over the coming months, police will target key locations across the Capital to crackdown on road users who disobey traffic signals, encroach on advance stop lines, cycle carelessly or on pavements, or use their mobile phones.

With more and more people cycling in London, officers from the City of London Police and Metropolitan Police will be using education and enforcement to encourage considerate and safe behaviour from all road users and promote sharing the road safely.

Road users behaving negligently or aggressively will be given Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) of up to £60. Motorists and cyclists given a FPN for less serious offences may get the option to have their ticket cancelled if they attend a safety education course.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s Transport Advisor, said, “While the vast majority of cyclists and motorists behave with care on the Capital’s roads, targeted operations such as these encourage considerate, safe and lawful behaviour from all road users and help to create a culture of mutual respect where all road users can share the road safely.

"The Mayor wants to see cyclists on their best behaviour as part of the cycling revolution in the city.

“This is London’s year of cycling and it’s clear there is a huge potential to increase the number of people travelling around the city by pedal power. For this to happen we need all road users, including cyclists, to use the road responsibly so we can move a step closer to realising the Mayor’s vision to make London the best big cycling city in the world.”

Chief Inspector Craig Haslam from Westminster Borough Police said: “Our officers work hard to ensure that cyclists and other road users are able to travel as safely as possible across London. We do not tolerate anyone behaving in a way that endangers others and anyone who rides or drives on the roads must be aware of their responsibility for their own safety and that of other road users.”

City of London Police's Chief Inspector Matt Burgess said: "Cyclists heading into a busy city like London need to be aware of the different hazards they face – especially around HGVs and their blind spots – and that's why our officers are out in the community, giving specialist urban cycling advice.

"But we will not tolerate any road user who chooses to ignore the rules, and will issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught running red lights, cycling on the pavement or driving recklessly."

And just to show that sharing the road with mutual respect is a universal problem, police in London Michigan are urging exactly the same thing.

Lifelong lover of most things cycling-related, from Moulton Mini adventures in the 70s to London bike messengering in the 80s, commuting in the 90s, mountain biking in the noughties and road cycling throughout. Editor of Simpson Magazine (www.simpsonmagazine.cc).