‘Covert’ police officers will be cycling the streets of South Cheshire to make sure motorists are leaving enough room for bikes.
Uniformed officers will then be stopping anyone driving too close to bikes to teach them about road safety. They say they will ‘enforce the law’ for the worst offenders.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will also be on hand to help bike riders stay safe and remain visible while on the roads.
The clampdown will run until 2pm today (December 3).
Chief Inspector Rob Dickinson from Cheshire Police, said: “There has been a large increase of cyclists on the roads throughout lockdown and there has been an increase in the number of reports of ‘close passes’ where the safety of cyclists has been put at risk.
“This operation is about educating drivers to the vulnerability of cyclists and others riding on two wheels such as motorcyclists, and explaining the reasons why it is so important to leave enough space when overtaking.
“Everyone has the right to use the roads safely and we want all road users to be more considerate of each other, regardless of their chosen mode of transport.”
Cheshire East Council’s cylcing and walking champion, Councillor Suzie Akers Smith welcomed the operation.
She said: “Safety on Cheshire East roads is cited as the main reason why many people do not cycle, I am delighted that Cheshire Police have instigated this close pass initiative, the first step in helping the residents feel safer cycling on the roads.
“By cycling every day for short journeys, as well as it being fun, we will reduce congestion and improve our fitness – so everybody benefits.”