Cycling UK's close pass mat

For the 2 million people who cycle every day, close passes are an almost daily occurrence.  

Close passes are really intimidating and account for around a third of all threatening incidents between drivers and cyclists.  

But there’s a simple way to stop this happening.  

Last September, West Midlands Police sent plain clothed officers on bikes to educate drivers who overtook cyclists too closely.  

Those people who drove too close to the officers were pulled over, and through the use of a safe pass mat, officers demonstrated to them what they had done wrong. In the worst cases, drivers were reported for careless driving.

Incredibly, driving behaviour in the local area changed overnight, with a 50 per cent reduction of reported close pass offences in less than three months.

Thanks to West Midlands Police, other forces around the UK want to do the same. But after years of Government cost cutting – they need our help! West Midlands Police say there should be no excuse for driving too close to vulnerable road users.    

At Cycling UK, we say there should be no excuse for the police to ignore this illegal driving behaviour.  

Every single police force in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland needs a safe pass mat like this. By bulk buying, we can cut costs and help police keep our roads safe.  

That’s why we need to raise £12,000 and are appealing to cyclists across the UK to help us. 

With this money we will make sure every police force can educate drivers how to overtake vulnerable road users safely, just like West Midlands Police.   

It will help make cycling safer, not just for you, but your family, friends and everyone else.

And with two million cycling every day, we only need 12 hundred people of you to donate £10 each to make this happen and put an end to overtaking that is too close for comfort.

Recent Campaign Activity

TooCloseForComfort mat close-up
We've done it! Too Close For Comfort meets target in first 48hrs Press Release
Cycling UK ‘Too Close For Comfort’ Kickstarter campaign smashes its fundraising target in less than 48 hours.
Paul Tuohy on a close pass mat
Crowdsourced funding campaign will make "roads safer" News
Cycling UK launches ‘Too Close For Comfort’ Kickstarter campaign to make great work by West Midlands Police go nationwide.
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Roads policing protecting cyclists - with half the budget? Blog
The Government has been told that traffic law enforcement needs specialist traffic officers and visible roads policing, but the numbers keep falling alongside the decline in detection of traffic offences. Whilst political will and more resources are needed, does the West Midland's close pass scheme show how, whilst we're waiting, clever enforcement can mean getting more for less?
Car overtaking cyclist
Cycling UK hails West Midlands Police for “best cyclist road safety initiative ever” Press Release
Cycling UK is delighted to support a ground-breaking initiative by West Midlands Police to proactively target drivers who ignore Highway Code rules on passing distances when overtaking cyclists.



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