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June highlighted as peak month of year for accidents to riders

A road safety campaign operated jointly by Surrey Police and Surrey County Council is urging all road users to try and be more considerate of others in a bid to reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists on the county’s roads.

The Drive SMART campaign says that 14 per cent of accidents involving injury to cyclists take place in June as more take to the roads, encouraged by warmer weather, reports Elmbridge Today.

Nearly one in five accidents take place during the morning rush hour between 7am and 9am and are most likely to happen within 1km of the rider’s home and in urban areas subject to 30mph speed limits.

The statistics were compiled following an analysis of accident data for the county between 2004 and 2008.

Dr Andrew Povey, leader of Surrey County Coucil, commented: “It’s likely June is the most dangerous month for cyclists because the warmer weather encourages more people to get on their bikes.

“Through our Drive SMART campaign we’re trying to persuade all road users to abandon their selfish behaviour and give more thought to each other.

“I would urge motorists to give cyclists enough time and space and I would ask those people riding a bike to make sure they obey the rules of the road.”

Inspector Chris Colley said that cyclists needed to make sure they were aware of the Highway Code, but said they should also take other measures, none of them legal requirements, to ensure they remained safe while riding on the road.

Those include “being visible to other road users and pedestrians, wearing a helmet and using cycle lanes and advanced stop areas for cycles at traffic lights.”

The Drive Smart campaign “aims to tackle anti-social driving in Surrey to reduce road casualties and make the county's roads safer and less stressful for everyone.”
 

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.

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 4 years ago
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I work with 2 people who live in Surrey. Neither had any idea of this highly publicised campaign, and one is a keen cyclist.

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harvey1-8 [9 posts] 4 years ago
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I wish they'd do something about the road surfaces in Surrey. They're a bloody joke in places.

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bikeandy61 [500 posts] 4 years ago
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I had a wee into the wind tthis morning too!

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a.jumper [845 posts] 4 years ago
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Mixed messages with the usual blame-the-cyclist quote from the police there but why is this left to local councils anyway? Drink-driving and motorcycles get national campaigns. Cycling should too.

Will they arrest any negligent road users as part of "tackling" them?

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WolfieSmith [1246 posts] 4 years ago
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So 20% of accidents happen in 30mph areas? I would imagine that a good proportion of the cars involved were going more than 30mph.. 'What's your rush?' would be a better slogan to make the point.

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stewieatb [292 posts] 4 years ago
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MercuryOne wrote:

So 20% of accidents happen in 30mph areas? I would imagine that a good proportion of the cars involved were going more than 30mph.. 'What's your rush?' would be a better slogan to make the point.

The problem is more likely accidents at urban junctions and people getting doored in queueing traffic.

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Paul M [350 posts] 4 years ago
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I live in Surrey and this is the first I have heard of this campaign.

Apart from all the beautiful off-road possibilities I would say Surrey is pretty hostile to cycling. 4x4 off-roaders get more sympathy here (see Hindhead Inspector's report)

I can't say Surrey Plod has ever struck me as any more cycle friendly than the Metplod, and unlike Metplod I don't think I have ever seen a Surrey plod on a bicycle.

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the-yorkshire-p... [173 posts] 4 years ago
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I also live in surrey and was completely unaware of this campaign. Obviously very effective and inclusive.

The advanced stop junctions quote is a bit of a joke though - pretty much always full of motorbikes or cars that have edged over the stop line.

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JonD [389 posts] 4 years ago
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>Those include “being visible to other road users and pedestrians, wearing a helmet and using cycle lanes and advanced stop areas for cycles at traffic lights.”

I'd like to know which cycles lanes he's thinking of which are actually worth using...