Police promote cycle safety in Long Eaton

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Officers from Long Eaton have been helping to promote cycle safety awareness in the town centre.

PC James Crookall and PCSO Heidi Andrew of the Long Eaton Town Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team took to the streets in October in response to an increase in reports about cyclists, in particular youngsters riding around the town without bike lights at night.

PC Crookall said: “We were increasingly concerned about these calls for service, youngsters out and about on their bikes and not using any form of lights which is extremely dangerous.

“This presents a significant road safety risk, not only to the children themselves but to pedestrians and other road users.

“Throughout October our aim was to raise awareness around this issue and conduct cycle patrols to stop and advise cyclists who are out at night without the appropriate equipment.”

Toward the end of the month further checks were carried out in the neighbourhood and 13 youngsters were found to have inadequate lighting, they were issued with reflective equipment and letters were sent home to their parents.

In addition 11 adults who were also stopped and issued with reflective equipment and advice sheets.

PC Crookall continued: “Everyone we spoke to received the same message about the importance of road safety , to be bright, be seen and be safe and how wearing reflective clothing and lights on a bike can help them to stand out to motorists when out after dark.

“Hopefully this initiative will reduce the amount of cyclists putting themselves at risk.

“We have taken positive, active steps in response to this issue and will continue to monitor the situation.”

“If anyone is interested in further bike safety and security we are holding an event at Tracy Maid Cycles, in the Market Place on Tuesday, December 9 between 3:00 - 4:00pm.”

If you would like to speak to a member of your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team please call the non-emergency number 101.