The number of cycle assaults in Surrey has risen markedly over the last year, leading to a launch of a new safety campaign in the area. Surrey County Council’s cabinet transport spokesman John Furey revealed the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured had risen from 50 in 2008 to 124 in 2012.
The county has responded by launching its Drive Smart campaign, which sees them partner with Surrey Police in urging drivers and cyclists to treat one another with respect.
The campaign will also offer training for families on how to ride, what to wear and how best to avoid potential accidents with other road users.
Edmund King, president of the AA, who is both a driver and a cyclist, said: “There are a minority of cyclists and a minority of motorists who do sometimes have a bit of a tribal mentality.
“What we need to do is break down some of those barriers because most cyclists are drivers, and many drivers indeed are cyclists.”
Furey, who is also the chairman of the Drive Smart board, said: “The roads are for everybody to use, but what everybody must recognise is that it is a public space, that if either party behaves badly, someone will get hurt.
“Our message is don’t compete, share the roads. Be considerate of each other.”