Stay off the road and use cycle path, say police

10th May 2020

One of the consequences of the lockdown combined with this long period of warm and dry weather has been a big increase in the number of cyclists on the roads, and this looks set to be encouraged in the coming weeks. Whilst many cyclists are experienced and often drive themselves, some are new to cycling, or returning to cycling on the roads after not cycling for many years.

So drivers, please consider this and always give cyclists extra room. Don’t pass too closely.

In addition, we have seen an increase in the number of cyclists using the main carriageway of the 50MPH sections of Marine Drive and the Coastal Road. Cyclists have even been seen on this road unlit section of road at night.

A cycle path runs the entire length of Marine Drive and the Coastal Road from Ainsdale to The Plough Roundabout. It has been provided specifically to segregate cyclists from vehicles on the main carriageway, to reduce risk to all users of the road and improve safety. Cyclists who fail to use the cycle path pose an unnecessary danger to themselves and other road users.

This is, therefore, an appeal to all cyclists, irrespective of your experience level, where a cycle path is provided for your safety and the safety of other road users please, always use it.

If you do not wish to use the cycle path, please find a safer, alternative route to using the 50MPH road sections in particular.

Please remember, this road is often used by emergency service vehicles responding to 999 calls between Southport and Ainsdale, Formby and Hightown. The same applies to the Formby By-Pass. Please always use the cycle path.

Thank you for your co-operation with this and helping make the roads safer for all.

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