Sofia traffic police start ‘Operation Cyclist’

Traffic police in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia have started what they call “Operation Cyclist”, checking the condition of bicycles, whether bikes are fitted with reflectors and whether cyclists are complying with the rules of the road, the Interior Ministry said on June 11.

Cyclists also would be tested for alcohol and illegal drug use, the statement said.

Traffic police reminded cyclists that law required them to ride as close as possible to the right-hand-side of the lane, not cycle on areas intended for pedestrians, not ride in parallel or bunched up in groups.

According to the statement, since the beginning of 2013, there had been 26 road accidents in Sofia involving cyclists, with 19 injured. In 12 of the cases, the accidents were the fault of the cyclists, the statement said.

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