Cyclists demand better measures over road safety before Highway Code changes next year

Lincolnshire: Cyclist clashes with motorist over Highway Code

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

With Highway Code changes coming next year, many cyclists are calling on more to be done to protect them, especially on busy roads. A new study has found that 39 percent of cyclists have had a “near-miss” with a car, with 12 percent having been in a road accident.

Almost one fifth of UK cyclists admitted to arguing with motorists over road-etiquette.

When asked about the most common altercation with motorists, three in 10 cyclists have witnessed motorists fail to signal when turning.

A similar 30 percent have felt that a motorist has not given them enough space when overtaking.

Just under four in 10 believe that rules for motorists should be enforced to keep cyclists safe and prevent accidents.

With many taking up cycling over the lockdown period, nearly six in 10 purchased a new bike in the last 18 months.

Despite this, the research, from Vodafone, found that 44 percent of cyclists feel most unsafe when on busy roads, with 68 percent nervous about increased road traffic levels.

To help ease these general fears, the Highway Code will be amending its policies and creating a hierarchy of road users.

The changes will see cyclists and pedestrians being prioritised over vehicles.

New car tax changes could be a ‘hammer blow’ to low-income drivers [INSIGHT]
Drivers can park on yellow lines and not get a parking ticket [ANALYSIS]
Drivers warned over legal parking loophole which could ‘irritate’ [SHOCKING]

This is designed to improve road safety for all and encourage people to take up walking or cycling.

One of those changes will be in the form of the “Dutch Reach” technique.

This technique will see drivers and passengers using the hand furthest from the door to open it.

This will naturally make the people in the cars turn towards the door, allowing them to see out the window and look for any cyclists or other vehicles coming towards them.

Save 10% on your MOT

It’s Kwik Fits’ Midsommer Madness sale and you can take 10% off your MOT Test with the UK’s #1 MOT tester – just click the link to book online.

Source: Read Full Article