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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 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.

 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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