A television advert promoting safe cycling has been banned for showing a cyclist without a helmet.
The advert, part of a campaign by Cycling Scotland, seeks to encourage
drivers to give cyclists the same space and care as they would give a horse.
But the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said it should not be shown on
TV again as not wearing a helmet was "socially irresponsible".
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The ASA, which received complaints from five viewers, acknowledged the advert
was primarily aiming to encourage motorists to take care when driving near
cyclists. But it noted that the cyclist in the final scene was not wearing a helmet or
any other safety attire. Cycling Scotland said wearing a helmet was not a legal requirement.