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Close pass initiative launched in Northern Ireland as part of #seethecyclist campaign

Cyclists encouraged to use cameras and bike lights

Police in Belfast are to launch a version of West Midlands’ Police’s close-pass initiative as part of a new cyclist-focused road safety campaign. As well as stopping motorists who pass too close to plain clothes officers on bikes when overtaking, cyclists are being encouraged to use cameras and bike lights.

ITV reports that the #seethecyclist campaign began last week and a “considerable” number of people have already been spoken to.

In a post on Facebook, PSNI Belfast City Centre, said: “They were a tad shocked (to say the least) when the police motorcyclist pulled them over and explained to them that the cyclist in slightly too tight lycra that they had just skimmed is a police officer... and it's on camera.”

The campaign will initially focus on education – “unless it’s really dangerous” – but will move onto enforcement at a later date.

The campaign will also involve operations detecting poor and dangerous cycling.

“There are some seriously scary cyclists out there too, and this road safety operation is intended to help keep EVERYONE safer on the roads. The roads are for everyone and both cyclists and motorist should show respect and consideration for each other. There is no doubt that in the cyclist v motorist debate there are good and bad on both sides.”

PSNI Belfast City Centre also provide advice aimed at cyclists, which reads:

“Consider keeping yourselves VISIBLE by wearing bright or contrasting clothes (Lycra optional, although we realise this look is not for everyone!!) and/or

“LIGHTS night and day! We also encourage the use of cameras, the camera logo on bikes and also encourage everyone to respect all road users, especially pedestrians.

“Cyclists need to remember to obey the road markings, traffic signs and indicate when you intend to change direction.”

This was followed by a message to motorists, reading: “Be considerate around cyclists and give them suitable SPACE when passing...AT LEAST 1.5m. Less than this could be considered Careless or Dangerous driving.”

Operations are currently being run in and around Belfast City centre, although the Facebook post states that “we anticipate our colleagues throughout Northern Ireland may follow suit.”

Also on Facebook, PSNI Craigavon said of the initiative that it “sounds like a cracking good idea so we're already looking at how we can implement it down here.”

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Michael_McK | 7 years ago

At least the PSNi are acting more constructively than the police in the Irish Republic. Northern Ireland is a wonderful place for cycling, with fabulous scenery and if you live close to Cairnryan a day ferry return can be had for £30 - bikes go free, and having cycled in Galloway you'll be able to find a lot of lovely places within easy reach of Belfast.

Exup | 7 years ago
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About time.

A couple of years ago I went into a PSNI station and submitted a video showing a car passing me with no more than a few inches to spare, whilst I was turning right, in a right turn only lane. The car then went straight on and did not turn right.

Probably my closest call ever.......nothing done, despite video evidence and a clear number plate.




WolfieSmith | 7 years ago

'seething cyclist'? Oh sorry. I read that wrong...yes



tritecommentbot | 7 years ago

Nice one NI laugh

Grahamd replied to tritecommentbot | 7 years ago

unconstituted wrote:

Nice one NI laugh


Now own up forum members, who is one of the "scary cyclists"?

Edgeley replied to tritecommentbot | 7 years ago

unconstituted wrote:

Nice one NI laugh


Well it is good that they are catching bad drivers.  It is good that they are using plainclothes officers.


It is bad that they are also trying to victim-blame - in what way do the entirely extra-legal suggestions about daytime lights and high-viz contribute to the protection of cyclists.  Stick to enforcing the law, PNSI.  It is every bit as much a crime and nuisance to pass a cyclist without daytime lights as with them.

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