TRANSPORT bosses are urging people caught up in Staffordshire's cycling boom to keep themselves safe as the nights draw in.
Hot on the heels of the county’s first cycling festival last month more and more people are taking to the roads on two wheels and Staffordshire County Council is using the ‘check it, light it, wear it, ride it’ campaign to urge people to take simple steps to ensure their safety.
The campaign asks bike-riders to wear bright or high-visibility clothing and helmets and check their bike is working safely before setting off.
Staffordshire county council support member for transport Simon Tagg said: “With many more cyclists on the roads it is not only important for everyone to be aware of how to cycle safely, but also to be considerate and respectful to other road users, including fellow cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.
“As a local authority we deliver more cycling safety training than any other council outside of London,” he said. “Last year over 10,000 school children across the county received national ‘Bikeability’ training, to help keep them safer on the roads.”
Councillor Robbie Marshall, who regularly commutes by bike from Codsall to Stafford and has participated in training on cycling safety himself said: “Cycling is a great way to get active and stay healthy.
“Bikeability is a great way to learn to ride safely and increase your confidence on a bike. “
Staffordshire County Council provide individual cycling maps for each district highlighting traffic free and quiter routes in the at local libraries and online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport by clicking the ‘cycling and walking’ link.