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Give cyclists 1.5m space, says council

Created on 28/07/2020 @ 06:35
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Local motorists are being urged to give cyclists plenty of room when they pass them.

With a rise in cycling since the start of lockdown, Powys County Council says roads in and around Newtown, as well as the rest of the county, have seen a growing number of cyclists as well as people walking.

It comes a day after it emerged active cycling schemes in Newtown would receive a boost following an announcement by the Welsh Government that Powys would receive a share of £20million for active travel routes.

Newtown is already receiving cash to improve cycling and pedestrian access, including a new bridge over the River Severn.

Recreational activities, such as cycling and walking, have increased during lockdown as people looked to get put and about locally.

"Over the past few months, many of us have taken up walking and cycling as a healthy form of exercise and a more environmentally friendly way of making those local everyday journeys," said a council statement.

"However, with lockdown restrictions easing and the number of holidaymakers returning to our beautiful county, the roads are beginning to get busier and the council are keen to remind motorists to give all road users the space they need.

"It is especially important to leave at least 1.5 metres between an overtaking vehicle and walkers or cyclists. Passing other road users too closely can be very dangerous and extremely intimidating."

Cllr Heulwen Hulme, cabinet member for highways, said: “Prior to the pandemic, work had already begun to make safer routes for walkers and cyclists throughout the county. With Welsh Government funding, this work will continue to ensure all our residents, and visitors, can continue to choose active ways of travelling safely.
“However, there is always a part for motorists to play in the safety of all road users, and we would like to remind drivers to ensure they give walkers and cyclists the respect and space that they need. This includes allowing a minimum 1.5 metre gap between their car and the pedestrians and bikes when overtaking.”
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