2019 marks the fifth anniversary of the UK’s Think Bikes Campaign and, as a result, the AA Charitable Trust has commissioned research highlighting a growing need for bikers and drivers to co-exist safely.
According to the AA’s findings, two-thirds (65 per cent) of drivers say they are often surprised by cyclists or motorcyclists ‘appearing from nowhere’.
Motorists must be vigilant
Vulnerable road users like cyclists should always be aware of the dangers they face when taking to the roads and they should act accordingly to protect themselves. However, this is not always the case.
Overall, the AA’s research showed two-thirds of drivers feel cyclists are ‘inconsiderate to other road users’. That said, it is also important for motorists to be on the lookout for bike riders at all times.
Edmund King, director of the AA Charitable Trust, said: “Our new research shows there is still some way to go in terms of ensuring everyone on the road looks out for each other.
“On the roads it should never be a case of drivers versus cyclists or motorcyclists. Everyone is on the road to get somewhere and by looking out for each other we can ensure we do so safely.”
He added that the irony is that many cyclists are also drivers and vice versa, so it is disappointing to see the high proportion of road users who feel more needs to be done to build bridges between these groups.
Overall, the Think Bikes campaign appears to have had a positive impact on awareness, as 93 per cent of respondents to the AA’s research stated they now look out for cyclists more than they did five years ago.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Motorists must take responsibility when it comes to improving their awareness of vulnerable road users. Bikes don’t just appear out of nowhere, so drivers should do all they can to know what is happening around their vehicle.”