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The police paying more attention to cyclists.
The police paying more attention to cyclists. Source: ERR

The spring, coupled with the coronavirus crisis, brought more people out walking and riding bicycles, while it has also resulted in a growing number of cycling accidents.

Even though time spent outdoors is generally beneficial, busier bicycle traffic also means more accidents, "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported on Saturday.

The number of accidents involving cyclists has grown by almost 30 percent compared to the same time last year, with the number of injured people also up by a third and four deaths in six months.

"People ride too fast and bikes are not in good repair. It is painful to watch people race past blind corners – you never know when there might be a car waiting for you there. Cyclists also take sharp turns that could lead to a fall, which is especially dangerous in corners where there is loose gravel," said Kalev Nõmme, cycling coach at the Nõmme Rattakool cycling club.

"To avoid accidents, cyclists should get to know their bike, know its technical capacity, how to bring it to a stop, how the lights work etc. Wearing a helmet is definitely recommended, also for adults. People should also keep in mind the rules of the road and the fact that cyclists must observe them just like other road users. Why not brush up on the traffic code," said Villu Küttner, field commander for the PPA North Police Prefecture.

The increased number of accidents is seeing the police pay more attention to cycling. Officers carry out weekly cycling raids in several places simultaneously.

During an average raid, officers usually talk to 20-30 cyclists and issue a few fines.

"Cycling raids see the police make sure cyclists under the age of 16 use safety equipment, that bikes have reflectors and lights front and rear. We also monitor adults for proper riding techniques, keeping both hands on the handlebars etc. Unfortunately, smart device addiction has reached cyclists," Küttner explained.

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