Safe Drivers and Vehicles
- 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.
3 May 2013Demand a proper sentence for driver who killed twice News
21 February 2013Taxis in Belfast bus lanes will endanger cyclists, say campaigners News
30 January 2013Second 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry session deals with cycle safety News
7 November 2012Wiggins hospitalised in crash with van News
20 September 2012Government THINK! cycling campaign misses the bigger picture News
7 September 2012Traffic police numbers fall 29% in 10 years News