Report a near miss is an Avon and Somerset Constabulary initiative to enable the police to gather information so that they can focus their safety campaigns efficiently. It also educates drivers of motorised vehicles to allow enough space when overtaking cyclists. This follows on from the work carried out by other police forces including the West Midlands, who were the first police force to champion this, under their ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ campaign.
Although the Highway Code is very vague on the issue when it comes to overtaking cyclists with Rule 163 telling drivers to “give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car” and Rule 212 stating “give them [cyclists] plenty of room” police forces are keen to educate drivers that they should leave at least 1.5 metres of space in order to safely overtake a cyclist.
We are very pleased to be meeting @pow_rebecca on Friday with our A358 petition calling for cycle provision, as part of the Taunton-Ilminster road scheme. Please come to the photo at 4.45pm in the churchyard, rear of Perkin Warbeck https://t.co/UAsuUjlnss
No @BristolCouncil This should read: “MOTORISTS, BE CAREFUL AROUND CYCLISTS. GIVE AT LEAST 1.5M WHEN YOU SAFELY OVERTAKE”. Motorists cause the accidents. Stop passing cultural blame on to cyclists. Change this now
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