Every police force should have one of these cycling 'close pass' mats to educate drivers

Cycling UK launches appeal on Kickstarter to equip every British police force with a mat showing the distance that vehicles should pass cyclists safely on the road

'Close pass' mat.

(Image credit: West Midlands Police)

Cycling UK has launched a campaign to have every police force in Britain equipped with a mat that shows the safe distance that vehicles should pass cyclists on the roads.

The campaign comes after an initiative created by West Midlands Police, where they used a similar mat to educate drivers on the dangers to cyclists of passing them too closely. Cyclists' organisation Cycling UK says that close passes "account for around a third of all threatening incidents between drivers and cyclists".

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.