Cyclists urged to stay safe

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POLICE are urging cyclists in the borough to wear helmets and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike after an increase in the number of cyclists killed and seriously injured on roads across the region.

Between April and July this year, 53 cyclists were either killed or seriously injured on Lancashire’s roads compared to 29 in the same period the previous year.

Last year, Tommy Berry, a 56-year-old cyclist, died after suffering serious injuries after being hit by ba car as he cycled on Meadow Lane, Croston, towards the A59.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard from the Road Policing Unit said: “We have seen an increase in the popularity of cycling in recent years so there are now more cyclists on our roads.

“Despite falling trends in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads, the proportion of casualties which cyclists account for is an increasing one.

“Cyclists can leave themselves vulnerable when riding on our roads and we want to remind them of the importance of wearing a cycling helmet and appropriate safety clothing when riding their bike.

“We are dedicated to keeping cyclists safe and we are carrying out operations to help to raise awareness of safe cycling and the need for motorists to look out for riders. Pedal cyclists accounted for seven per cent of all road casualties in 2012.”