In Portsmouth, the majority of cycle collisions happen at junctions. This trend is increasing (84% in 2016 compared with 78% in 2011).
Our data shows that these accidents happen mostly because drivers are failing to see cyclists - this is the main cause of 74% of collisions involving cyclists. The highest casualty periods are peak commute times, with July also being the highest casualty month.
Through multi-agency events, and with the help of a HGV, we educate drivers and cyclists on vehicle blind spots and demonstrate cyclists' vulnerability to other road users.
By providing face to face intervention, our road safety officers show how positioning can place them in a blind spot, with pedestrians, drivers and cyclists taking each other's viewpoints.
Our next Exchanging Places events are:
- Thursday 9 August 10am - 3pm, Commercial Road (by the fountain)
- Thursday 23 August 10am - 3pm, Commercial Road (by the fountain)
Our road safety team will be on hand with information and advice, and helpful giveaways to remind us all to look out for each other. Pick up your free AA wing mirror sticker.