[18 OCT 00]
WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
Urged To Take Care In The Dark
in Warwickshire are being issued with a safety checklist before
the clocks go back next week, and special safety courses are being
held for children in Nuneaton and Bedworth.
afternoons to become darker, police are anxious that people could
be putting themselves at risk by not taking the necessary
Seamus Faulkner of the Community Safety Unit in Nuneaton said:
want all cyclists, whatever their age, to be safe this winter.
of people get injured every year on bikes across Warwickshire
– some seriously – and we want to ensure that people are as
safe as they can be when they get on two wheels particularly
when the nights are darker.”
has issued a “Biker’s Dozen” of tips for cycle safety:
a training course
light-coloured or reflective clothing and a cycling helmet. Make
sure your lights work.
young children should ride on pavements
games and stunts off the roads
one person should ride on a bike
give your bike an MOT
all around before joining the road
all around and signal before making any turn
ride more than two abreast
ride in single file on busy roads
out for danger
in doubt, get off and walk
Faulkner added that people should also take care of their bicycles
and make sure that they are secure if they are left unattended.
year we had 335 bikes stolen form the Nuneaton and Bedworth area
alone – a large proportion of those were unlocked and left
criminals are getting rich at the expense of people who think
their bike is safe to be left for a few minutes.
want to make their job harder and save cyclists a lot of
advice is always lock up your bike, no matter how quickly you
will be returning, and get it security marked so if it is lost
or stolen it can be returned to you if found.”
week’s courses area being run at Manor Park Community School
from 23 to 26 October.
aged seven to nine can go on a beginners course from 9.30am to
10.30am each day. The cost is £10 for the four-day course.
11am until 1pm each day is the Cycle Awareness Course, which has
replaced the old Cycling Proficiency Test, for children aged ten
or over, and costs £15.
information from Mary Holliday, cycling co-ordinator for
Warwickshire County Council on 01926 412776.