London, 30 Mar 2001.
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Press Release

Watch Out For Walkers, Cyclists And Horse Riders
Watch Out For Walkers, Cyclists and Horse riders warns Association of British Drivers.
Particularly at times like this, with the foot and mouth outbreak causing closure of footpaths and bridleways, drivers should expect to see far more walkers, cyclists and horse riders using the roads. The ABD offers the following advice to road users:


  1. Always drive at a speed where you can safely stop within the distance you can see to be clear.

  2. Be aware that every bend, hump, tree or bush could be hiding a pedestrian or cyclist. Always assume they are there.

  3. Position yourself correctly to give yourself the best view of the road ahead and also to allow other road users to see you.

  4. Give other road users as much space as you can when passing and adjust your speed. Use your indicators where appropriate to warn following drivers. Slow right down for horses and avoid revving your engine or making sudden movements.

  5. Consider taking hazard awareness training such as that offered by The Institute of Advanced Motorists to improve your observation skills.


Walkers, Cyclists and Horse Riders:

  1. Wear conspicuous clothing.

  2. Position yourself so that you can see and be seen. Remember, if you can't see a car driver, they probably can't see you.

  3. Try to make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they have seen you.

  4. Avoid riding two abreast where it would force traffic to brake and therefore cause danger to yourself or other road users.

  5. Carry lights after dark or in poor conditions.


All Road Users:

Practice courtesy and consideration to others. We all have to share the roads and have a right to do so. Always thank those who have waited or altered course for your benefit.

ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said:

"Unlike many other 'road-safety' organisations the ABD does not subscribe to the dangerously over-simplistic theory that restricting drivers speeds on clear open roads will prevent accidents. Drivers must regulate their speeds to the conditions and potential hazards and should be properly educated on how to do this".

"Many drivers, including many ABD members, cycle and ride horses as well as drive, and all are pedestrians too. Equally most other road users also drive cars. However, we have noticed a tendency amongst some user groups to attack and attempt to restrict the movement of other road users. This is counter productive and promotes bad feelings and aggression between road users. We would prefer to see a more positive approach encouraging co-operation between all road users with a move towards proper education of all."


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