An officer from the Metropolitan Police Cycle Safety Team was struck by aa vehicle’s wing mirror during a close pass operation today.
A post on the unit’s Twitter account said that the team was conducting the operation, which sees a non-uniformed officer on a bike radio ahead to uniformed colleagues after motorists pass too closely.
The tweet said: “PC Simon safe and well after a glancing blow from a wing mirror.”
Cycle Safety Team were this morning conducting an operation close pass in Hayes Lane @LBBromley @SuptAndyCox Two drivers reported for driving without due care and attention. PC Simon safe and well after a glancing blow from a wing mirror #visionzeroldn pic.twitter.com/Q2RLx2Amtn
— Cycle Safety Team (@MetCycleCops) September 23, 2019
Drivers who have been stopped as a result are given advice on how to pass cyclists safety, typically with the use of a mat showing the safe passing distance of a minimum of 1.5 metres.
In cases of particularly poor driving, motorists can also be referred for prosecution, and the tweet said that two drivers had been reported for driving without due care and attention.
Initially launched in late 2015 by West Midlands Police, which won awards for the initiative, close pass operations have since been adopted by police forces across the UK.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.