December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Cyclists are being encouraged to stay safe this winter as part of a police campaign to encourage the use of bicycle lights.
Officers from the Sprowston safer neighbourhood team have been delivering leaflets and posters to schools and are holding surgeries to raise awareness about the rules of the road.
Cyclists seen riding without lights or on pavements are being stopped by police and given advice.
Drivers are also being encouraged to play their part and look-out for cyclists, giving them enough space when overtaking and taking time to look at junctions.
A cycle safety and security event will be held at Sprowston Recreation Ground, in Edwards Road, between 8.30am and 4pm on Saturday, November 16.
Norfolk County Council will be holding four cycling proficiency sessions throughout the day aimed at children aged between six and nine years old. Sessions will be held at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm and children attending will need to bring their own cycle helmet and bike.
The event is being supported by Falcon CIC (balance bikes), Radio Norwich 99.9, who will be promoting their Be Safe Be Seen campaign, Pedal Revolution, who will be selling safety/security equipment, and Broadland District Council.
Police Community Support Officer Luke Calton-Porter, said: “With the dark nights approaching it’s important for cyclists to be aware of how to stay safe on the roads during the winter months.
“This event gives us the opportunity to educate cyclists and raise awareness of the dangers however persistent offenders can expect to be dealt with and could face a fine.”