A NEW scheme has been launched to cut the number of cyclists hurt in road accidents.

The Cycle Aware scheme, developed by road safety partnership Go Safe Glasgow, focuses on ­improving road users' perception of hazards.

Available online, it contains more than 200 narrated film clips, accompanied by 100 multiple-choice questions aimed at five different types of road users.

People taking the course can choose the role of cyclist or car, taxi, bus or lorry driver, then take a 30-minute interactive course.

Frank McAveety, convener of the city council's environment committee, said: "It's important cyclists and other road users have a clear understanding of their responsibilities on the road and how they respond to the actions of others … It is hoped by highlighting and demonstrating how accidents occur, we can promote a safer shared road space.

"The Go Safe Glasgow partnership will be promoting the course to cycling organisations, local businesses and the public."

He said the council's road safety team is to visit every business across the city as part of both Cycle Aware and the Drive Safe, It's Your Business initiative.

The Cycle Aware road safety training videos can be accessed at www.gosafeglasgow.com