Road users are being encouraged to be considerate of each other and follow the rules of the road.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle joined Greater Manchester Police at the launch of Operation Considerate, a month long operation to educate motorists and cyclists and raise awareness of the rules around advanced stop lines (ASLs) at traffic lights.
Jim said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe on the road – pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. We all share the road and we all need to obey the rules that help us get safely from A to B.
“Advanced stop lines provide an area of high visibility for cyclists and visibility is critical to cycling safety. GMP will be urging motorists to obey the rules of ASLs and reminding cyclists to maximise their visibility using bikelights and bright clothing – especially now the nights are getting darker.”
ASLs are designed to help motorists and cyclists by providing an area for cyclists to wait in front of traffic when the lights are red.
Cyclists in this area are more easily visible to motorists, and have space to move off when the lights turn green.
Police are reminding motorists that they must not enter ASL boxes when the lights are on red, as this space is reserved for cyclists.
Motorists crossing the first stop line when the lights are red are liable for a £100 fine and three points on their licence. However, if the traffic light changes from green to amber and they cannot safely stop before the first line, then they may cross it, but must ensure they stop before the second line.
The message to cyclists is very simple – do not cross the second stop line while the traffic signal is red, as doing so is illegal and could result in a £50 fine.
Superintendent Craig Thompson of GMP’s Specialist Operations Branch said: “The main aim of Operation Considerate is to ensure that all road users share the road responsibly, and knowledge of the rules around ASLs is a key part of that.
“During the first two weeks of the campaign we will be educating motorists and cyclists on ASLs at certain junctions around the city centre, and then in the following two weeks we shall be carrying out enforcement work where people may face fines for failing to observe the rules.
“When using the roads we would advise motorists to leave at least 1.5m when passing cyclists, and cyclists need to have fixed lights on their bikes, both front and back.”
You can find out more about the operation by following #OpConsiderate on Twitter.
More information about advanced stop lines is available on GMP’s website.