By John Baron
A Pudsey cyclist is launching a campaign to stop close passes following a number of near misses in his home town.
Tim Devereux, of Hough Top, says he is so fed up with inconsiderate drivers that every time he cycles in January he will be displaying a poster on his bike asking drivers to keep their distance.
The sign says: “Don’t drive so close to me! Five feet please (Highway Code, rule 163).”
Tim Devereux told WLD: “In 2023, I rode over 1,800 km, mostly on Pudsey’s roads. All too often, I have been ‘close passed’ by motorists – especially on Lowtown and Church Lane. Motorists may have been the recipient of my shout of ‘too close’!
“I seem to be given plenty of room when I’m riding my trike, but on a solo bike it can be unsafe and scary.
“Today, three cars, one after the other, all passed me far too close on Richardshaw Lane. If we really want people to adopt Active Travel, people need to be more respectful towards the Highway Code rules, and towards other road users.”
Mr Devereux said that in January 2022, there were a number of changes to the Highway Code, including Rule 163: ‘Give vulnerable road users at least as much space as you would a car.’ He added: “Many drivers either don’t know the rule, or ignore it!”
The cyclist, who has previously featured in WLD for his charity fundraising exploits, doesn’t think he will be shouting at cars as much in 2024 – he says he asked the family Secret Santa to give him an extra loud horn.