Highway Code changes will see cyclists given more rights than motorists at junctions when travelling straight ahead
- Cyclists to be given priority over motorists according to Highway Code changes
- ‘Hierarchy of road users’ outlines responsibilty is on those who cause more harm
- Changes are part of a new cycling and walking strategy to be unveiled by Shapps
Cyclists will be given priority over motorists at junctions when travelling straight ahead under changes to the Highway Code to be announced today.
Drivers will also be given a specific duty to ensure people on bikes are safe, while they in turn will be told to look out for pedestrians.
And a new ‘hierarchy of road users’ will outline how responsibility rests with those who could potentially cause the most harm to others.
Changes will also be made to guidance on safe passing distances and speeds, as well as ensuring that cyclists have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead
The changes are part of a new cycling and walking strategy to be unveiled by Grant Shapps today.
The Transport Secretary will announce a £338million package to boost cycling and walking across the country.
Upgrades and requirements to ensure that the effects of travel schemes are properly assessed are also among the raft of measures.
Updates to the Highway Code will include a ‘hierarchy of road users’ that ensures users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others.
There will also be strengthened pedestrian priority on pavements and when crossing or waiting to cross the road.
Changes will also be made to guidance on safe passing distances and speeds, as well as ensuring that cyclists have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will announce a £338million package to boost cycling and walking across the country
The Department for Transport said: ‘The Highway Code’s hierarchy of road users will outline how responsibility rests with the road users who could potentially cause the most harm to others. For example, car drivers will be responsible for ensuring cyclists are safe, while cyclists will be responsible for looking out for pedestrians.
‘The hierarchy does not remove the need for all road users to behave responsibly.’
It comes after last year saw the use of cycles rise more than in the previous 20 years put together.
The number of miles cycled on British roads rocketed by 45.7 per cent to five billion largely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Shapps said: ‘Millions of us have found over the past year how cycling and walking are great ways to stay fit, ease congestion on the roads and do your bit for the environment.
‘As we build back greener from the pandemic, we’re determined to keep that trend going by making active travel easier and safer for everyone.’