Cycling Safety Comes Under the Spotlight

The UK Government has launched a review into cycle safety following a series of high profile incidents involving cyclists.

“Although the UK has some of the safest roads in the world, we are always looking to make them safer,” explained Transport Minister Jesse Norman.
 
“It’s great that cycling has become so popular in recent years but we need to make sure that our road safety rules keep pace with this change,” he said. “We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished but, given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences.”
 
“We’ve seen the devastation that reckless cycling and driving can cause, and this review will help safeguard both Britain’s cyclists and those who share the roads with them,” he added.
 
In 2015, two pedestrians were killed and 96 seriously injured after being hit by a bicycle. Every year more than 100 cyclists are killed and more than 3,000 seriously injured on British roads.
 
The review, which will seek to improve all elements of cycle safety, will be in two phases.
 
The first phase will analyse the case for creating a new offence equivalent to causing death or serious injury by careless or dangerous driving to help protect both cyclists and pedestrians.
 
The second phase will be a wider consultation on road safety issues relating to cycling. It will involve a range of road safety and cycling organisations, as well as the general public and will consider different ways in which safety can be further improved between cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
 

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