Push to keep cyclists safe accelerates

Cyclist Stephen Croft, Rachel Croft and Simmone Van Buerle get ready for the upcoming launch of the Be Aware and Share campaign which aims to create better relations between cyclists and motorists.

A program aimed at improving road safety and relationships between cyclists and motorists will be launched at the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park this weekend.

Well Being Warren Blackwood will launch its Be Aware and Share campaign at the weekend in an effort to reduce injuries to cyclists.

To do this, the campaign will combine motorist education on sharing the road with cyclists and a series of safety lessons for cyclists to master defensive riding and road safety.

The basic message for motorists is to leave 1m of space when overtaking a cyclist.

Stephen Croft was knocked from his bicycle last year when a truck overtook him.

“Do you want your kids being treated like this?” he said.

“Motorists only have to slow down for one or two seconds, is (not doing) that really worth a life?”

Well Being Warren Blackwood coordinator Simmone Van Buerle said people of all ages were encouraged to attend the launch.

“Both cyclists and motorists need to be mindful of each other to avoid conflict and injury,” she said.

The launch will include free bike and helmetchecks, bike maintenance lessons and giveaways including bumper stickers.

Anyone who brings their bike will go into the draw for a new helmet.

The launch will be from 9am to 12pm, while the Team Manji road riders will hold a social ride with the South West Cycle Club at 8am.

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