Drivers urged to ‘think bike’

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MORE than 1,000 ‘Think Bike’ backpacks are to be handed out free of charge to cyclists in Nottinghamshire to keep them safe on the county’s roads.

They will be handed out at cycle safety events across the county over the next week.

The high-visibility backpacks will include a jacket, a multi-tool, bike lock and lights.

They have been provided by Nottinghamshire Police and the county’s Road Safety Partnership.

Chief Inspector Andy Charlton, the police force’s lead off for road casualty reduction, said: “We have already given away hundreds of safety packs at hubs across the city and now it’s the turn of cyclists in the county.

“With the number of windy, high speed rural roads in this patch it’s even more important that those who cycle are protected.”

“Let’s not add to the six pedal cyclists who have already died as a result of collisions since the beginning of January.

“Cyclists can help themselves by collecting a free backpack and motorists can also help every time they get behind the wheel by remembering to ‘think bike’.”