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Safe Drivers and Vehicles

Introduction

Urban cyclists
Urban cyclists
Cycling's health benefits far outweigh the risks, so anything that puts people off has to be tackled. Hostile road conditions are a major deterrent, but the good news is that the 'safety in numbers' effect means that more and safer cycling are perfectly capable of going hand in hand.
  • Cycling is essentially a safe activity, causing little risk either to cyclists themselves or to other road users. Moreover, there is good evidence that cyclists gain from ‘safety in numbers’, with cycling becoming safer as cycle use increases.
  • However, fear of road traffic is a major deterrent, despite the health, environmental and other benefits of cycling. Actual cycle safety in the UK lags behind many of our continental neighbours, because of poorly designed roads and junctions, traffic volumes and speeds, irresponsible driving, and a legal system that fails to respond adequately to road danger.
  • National and local government should therefore aim for ‘more’ as well as ‘safer’ cycling – the two aims can and should go hand in hand.
  • Despite scare stories about cyclists jumping red lights or riding on pavements, other road users are far more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle than by a cycle.

Latest News

Drivers urged to give cyclists space in North East road safety campaign
Close pass mat for RSGB NE
Motorists are being urged to give cyclists more room when overtaking with the launch of a new road safety campaign designed to eradicate ‘close pass’ drivers, as Road Safety GB North East (RSGB NE)...
Taxi driver convicted in ‘car-dooring’ incident which caused cyclist death
Loughborough Courthouse
Farook Yusuf Bhikhu convicted in a case relating to the death of Leicester teacher Sam Boulton
West Country police crack-down on drivers putting cyclists at risk
Cycling child being overtaken too closely
Tri Force Road Policing, in partnership with Road Safety and Local Policing Teams, together with other agencies will be carrying out roadside checks at a pre-selected locations to intercept drivers...
What’s legal - and what’s not - on your bike?
Road cyclists riding side by side
Riding two abreast, in the middle of the lane, with or without lights, reflectors and hi-viz - what does the law say, what does the Highway Code advise, and what are just urban myths? Cycling UK...
 
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