Communicating the Highway Code changes

The updated Highway Code will make UK roads safer for cycling
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Communicating the Highway Code changes

With various reports circulating in the media, some deliberately misleading and spreading fake news, Cycling UK has created a simple toolkit to help everyone communicate the rule changes accurately

On Saturday 29 January the Government will introduce new rules to the Highway Code. The changes should make our roads safer for everyone, but they won’t be effective unless all road users are made aware of them. That’s where you come in.

Thousands of people backed our campaigning for these changes in 2020 but now we need your help once again, to take them from the rule book to the road. Please follow and engage with our messaging on social media – you can find Cycling UK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And if you’re keen to go the extra mile, why not create posts of your own using our free shareable resources? We've put together a selection of videos, imagery and suggested posts so that you can let your friends, families and communities know about the Highway Code changes. Together we can make cycling a safer and more attractive option for all.

The content below is free to redistribute on condition that it remains in its current format and that Cycling UK is given credit upon use. Please tag Cycling UK in any social media posts where assets are used.

 

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Change in action

Watch our three-minute video for explanations of four key amendments to the Highway Code: hierarchy of road users, passing cyclists, junction priority and the Dutch Reach. You can download a short version to share from your personal social media accounts, as well as separate videos of each individual rule.

 

 

Here is an example post that you might like to use:

Confused about the changes to the Highway Code? Don't be! Cycling UK has created a simple video explaining the key changes. You can find out more on their website: www.cyclinguk.org/highwaycode

Busting the myths

Over the past weeks there has been much confusion and some erroneous reporting about the changes to the Highway Code. We’ve put together some graphics correcting the inaccuracies to ensure the new rules, and reasons for them, are understood and accepted.

Here is an example post that you might like to use:

Fake news has been spreading – but Cycling UK is setting the record straight. Visit their website for more information on the changes to the Highway Code: www.cyclinguk.org/highwaycode



Graphic correcting a Highway Code inaccuracy

Cycling cartoons

Cycling UK member Dave Walker, also known as the Cycling Cartoonist, has created a fantastic trio of graphics illustrating some of the key changes. You can find cartoons on the hierarchy of road users, passing cyclists and riding two abreast. There are more to come, so please check back here for updates in the coming week. You can find Dave on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here is an example post that you might like to use:

The Highway Code has been updated to make our roads safer for everyone. If you're confused about how the new rules will affect you, make sure to check out the Cycling UK website where they explain what you need to know: www.cyclinguk.org/highwaycode



Cartoon on the Hierarchy of Road Users

 

Cycling UK has campaigned for over a decade to see these new changes to the Highway Code introduced and adopted. Please support our ongoing work as a charity to make the UK a better place for cycling and join today.

 

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After years of campaigning by Cycling UK, new Highway Code rules for England, Scotland and Wales are being introduced on 29 January 2022.

We've been closely involved in developing the changes, which should make our roads significantly safer for people cycling and walking, provided these are properly communicated and backed up with visible road traffic enforcement by the police.

 

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