Merton says, ‘Cycle safely and be seen’

As part of National Road Safety Week (23-29 November), Merton Council will be holding a series of cycle awareness events in the borough to encourage cyclists to cycle safely and think more about their position in the road.

Called Changing Places, the events will take place on Friday 20 November in the Carphone Warehouse car park, Colliers Wood, 7.30am – 9.30am and 3.30pm – 6.30pm, and on Saturday 21 November in York Close car park, Morden, 10am – 2.00pm.

On the Friday police officers will be stopping cyclists along the A24 near Colliers Wood tube station and inviting them to participate in an HGV demonstration. International construction company, Cemex, will be providing an HGV for the demonstration, which will show the cyclists how a lorry driver sees the road and what happens when a cyclist moves into the driver’s blind spot.

The council is inviting all cyclists and cycle club members to the Saturday event where they can share their cycling experiences and enjoy a number of safety demonstrations. The council’s road safety team will be on hand both days with information on beginner, refresher and commuter cycling courses and advice about cycling techniques and safe road positioning. Those attending will also be able to see the HGV demonstration.

The Changing Places events back up Merton Council’s adult commuter cycle training. Further information is available by calling 020 8545 3206/05 or emailing road.safety@merton.gov.uk

Merton Council’s cabinet member for planning and traffic management, Councillor William Brierly said: ‘Our main message is to cycle safely and be seen. It is especially important to make yourself visible to other road users. As a result of these events to promote safer cycling in the borough, we hope that both cyclists and drivers will have a greater awareness of others when using the roads, ensuring that everyone travelling on our roads can do so more safely.

‘As a council, we encourage cycling as an inexpensive, healthy and environmentally-friendly way of getting around and we will continue to make Merton a cycle-friendly borough through a range of initiatives.’

Notes to editors

Last year 53 cyclists were injured on Merton’s roads and 15,000 were killed or seriously injured in the UK. There were no fatalities in Merton.
Most cycle accidents occur at junctions or roundabouts. One contributory factor is cyclists not being seen, in particular by HGV drivers.
A cyclist is 20 times more likely to be killed on urban roads than a car driver or passenger.
The A24 runs from Clapham through to Morden, towards Worthing.
Merton’s A24 road, which runs through to Colliers Wood, will form part of the Mayor of London’s Cycle Superhighway.
This year is seeing a record £111million investment in cycling across London, with funding for new cycle hire and cycle highways schemes as well as safety training being provided.