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Surrey Police make video showing drivers how to overtake cyclists safely

Officers also clarify cyclists' rights on Twitter to dispel misconceptions held by some drivers about the law...

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 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.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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