OPERATION Close Pass will see drivers who pass an unmarked police cyclist too closely being stopped and given advice.
The initiative which has been launched today in the North-East will use a specially designed mat to show how much space a cyclist should be given when being overtaken.
Road Policing Sergeant Peter Henderson said: "Passing cyclists too closely puts all road users in danger.
"Those drivers we stop will be shown how closely they passed the unmarked officer by standing on our specially designed mat.
"You should allow at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.
"With the better weather and longer days, we expect to see an increase in the number of cyclists using the roads.
"It's therefore imperative that all road users take responsibility for their own safety and that of others."