Campaign to reduce cycle crashes in Bedfordshire

The hope is to reduce the number of casualties on the roads Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers and cyclists in Bedford are being asked to look out for each other on the roads - as part of a new campaign.

Officers will be out in the town today, encouraging motorists to leave extra room when they pass a cyclist.

It's hoped the new scheme will reduce the number of crashes on the roads.

In 2016, there were 147 crashes across Bedfordshire involving cyclists.

Over the past four years, four cyclists have died on the roads.

Each year there are many unnecessary deaths and serious injuries on the roads.

One of the most vulnerable road user groups are cyclists, and with the launch of Op Velo, we aim to educate drivers as to safe passing around cyclists and deal with driving offenders who jeopardise rider safety.

We will also be taking action with cyclists who take risks, by disobeying traffic signs and signs and riding without lights. We must respect each other when driving and riding on the roads, and we all have a responsibility to ensure the safety of others.

– BCH Road Policing Inspector Chris Huggins