Cyclist campaign is launched

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A CAMPAIGN to encourage cyclists to be safety conscious when riding on the road has been launched in Chesterfield.

Special Constables in the town have teamed up with Wilkinson’s to set up the ‘Be Bright – Use Your Lights’ drive to help educate cyclists about the law around riding at night and tips on staying safe.

Officers will issue advice leaflets to cyclists seen riding on the roads without lights who can then enter a free prize draw to win one of 25 sets of cycle lights and gift cards donated by Wilkinson’s.

Section officer for Chesterfield Special Constabulary Mick Bagshaw set up the initiative after stopping a number of cyclists without lights on their bikes.

He said: “Cyclists who ride their bikes in the dark without lights or reflective clothing are not only putting themselves at risk but other road users as well.

“This initiative is about trying to educate cyclists to these risks and giving them the opportunity to and the advice they need to change their behaviour and become a responsible rider.”

Cyclists who receive an advice leaflet are required to fill in and return the prize draw slip to any Derbyshire police station for the chance to win a set of cycle lights or a gift voucher for Wilkinson’s.

Special Constables are volunteers who, after training, work alongside regular police officers and Police Community Support Officers to help to police their local communities.

They give around four hours a week, usually in a single shift, but the working hours are totally flexible to suit you and you can work more hours if you can spare the time. 

To find out more about the initiative or becoming a member of the Special Constabulary visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk or call 101.