Staying safe while sharing Shetland’s roads

SIC’s Roads Safety team has launched a campaign to remind residents to stay safe on the roads.

The campaign is targeted at both drivers and cyclists, reminding them that the highways are shared and they need to do everything possible to stay safe and behave responsibly.

SIC’s road safety officer, Elaine Skinley, said:  “It’s always great to see folk take to the roads with their bikes – it’s good for your health and wellbeing, and it’s a great way for families to enjoy their time together.

“However, as more and more of us are getting out on our bikes, we do all need to be patient and considerate on the roads.”

Drivers are being reminded to overtake cyclists safely, making sure they give cyclists plenty of space, whilst cyclists should bear in mind that road verges can be rough and need to be avoided.

Cyclists should always be aware of any buildup of traffic behind them, and be ready to safely pull over and allow vehicles to pass.

“We’ll be running the usual Bikeability training in Shetland’s primary schools after the Easter break, and there’s plenty of information online around road safety for drivers and cyclists, but in the meantime the message is ‘share the road, and stay safe’,” added Ms Skinley.


Add Your Comment
  • Brian Smith

    • March 30th, 2021 13:09

    I sometimes go out on my bike. It’s my strong impression that one Shetlander in 15 doesn’t have the foggiest idea what the Highway Code says about bikes and vehicles.

    A much smaller number of Shetlanders think that it’s a good idea to have two cars and one bike side by side on the road. In that case it’s common sense (if any) rather than the Code which is worth consulting.


Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.