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Police in Surrey are being applauded by cyclists on Twitter after producing a video that shows motorists how to safely overtake people on bikes.

The video, which lasts just over one and a half minutes, uses animation, real-life footage and text to educate motorists on the issue.

Since it was tweeted shortly before noon today, the video has been retweeted more than 200 times.

A number of people congratulated the force on the video, including the Metropolitan Police Service's Cycle Safety Team.

One Twitter user asked if they could produce a video explaining why it is often safer for cyclists to ride two abreast, something that many motorists mistakenly believe is against the law.

In the replies, the officers behind the account also clarified some issues relating to cyclists' use of the road.

Surrey Police have proved to be very proactive on Twitter in dispelling misconceptions about the law as it relates to cyclists, and in October invited a road.cc reader who had submitted a video shot in the county submitted as part of their Near Miss of the Day series to send them the footage.

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.