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Police / Police remind drivers to give cyclists plenty of room

POLICE have reminded drivers to be aware of cyclists and give them room when passing them on the road.

It follows an appeal for information after a number of cyclists reported that they were forced off their bikes when a vehicle attempted to overtake them south of Sandwick on Friday.

The police said the Highway Code states that motorists should give cyclists at least as much room as they would when overtaking a car.

They added that cyclists may suddenly need to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles such as drain covers or oily, wet or muddy patches on the road.

“Give them plenty of room and pay particular attention to any sudden change of direction they may have to make,” the police said.

“Motorists are reminded that by passing cyclists too closely that they are not only putting the cyclists in danger but they are also putting themselves in danger.

“When passing a cyclist motorists are urged to ensure that they allow sufficient time and distance and can see far enough ahead to know it is safe to complete the overtake.

“All road users have the right to be able to travel safely. Road users are encouraged to show consideration and respect for the safety of each other, there is room on the road for everyone and everyone has the right to be there.”

It is thought that the number of cyclists on Shetland’s roads has increased since lockdown, with figures highlighting a sharp rise in cycle journeys in Lerwick.