Police warn cyclists after a sharp rise in deaths and injuries on county’s roads

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Police are offering advice to cyclists after an increase in the number of cyclists killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads.

Between April 2013 and July 2013, 53 cyclists were killed and seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads compared to 29 in the same period the previous year.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard said: “We have seen an increase in the popularity of cycling in recent years so there are now more cyclists on our roads. Cyclists can leave themselves vulnerable when riding on our roads and we want to remind them of the importance of wearing a cycling helmet and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike.”

They are also advising cyclists to ride clear of the kerb, look and signal to show drivers what they plan to do and make eye contact with drivers; avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles; use lights after dark or when visibility is poor; wear light coloured or reflective clothing in the day and reflective clothing and accessories in the dark; follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights and to make sure cycle helmets are correctly fitted, securely fastened and conform to regulations.