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Cycling legend gives push to police crackdown on close passing of cyclists

PUBLISHED: 12:08 07 May 2019 | UPDATED: 12:10 07 May 2019

A mat to demonstrate a safe passing distance as Operation Close Pass, focusing on the safety of cyclists, is launched in Norwich. Cyclist Chris Boardman has shown his support for the Norfolk Police operation. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

A mat to demonstrate a safe passing distance as Operation Close Pass, focusing on the safety of cyclists, is launched in Norwich. Cyclist Chris Boardman has shown his support for the Norfolk Police operation. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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British cycling legend Chris Boardman has praised a Norfolk Police initiative aiming to keep cyclists safer on the roads.

Sgt Chris Harris from Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team. 
Picture: Victoria PertusaSgt Chris Harris from Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The Olympic medal winning athlete gave a push on social media to Operation Close Pass, which targets motorists who pass cyclists too closely on the road.

Boardman shared a social media post from Sgt Chris Harris, of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, about the operation, adding: “Well done fellas, should be countrywide and regular, a few forces are leading the way.”

An information event about Operation Close Pass was held at County Hall last November as part of Brake's Road Safety Week, following a similar event in 2017.

The operation – supported by the Norwich Cycling Campaign – sees officers stop offending vehicles and offer the drivers advice on passing cyclists safely, including the recommended overtaking clearance of 1.5m. Drivers who refuse the offer are given a Traffic Offence Report.

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