The Times has launched a campaign to improve cycle safety following the serious injury to a reporter on the paper. An 8 point manifesto has been published, with the focus on lorries, junctions, cycle infrastructure and 20 mph as the default urban speed limit.
CTC, the national cycling charity, is concerned that the annual number of cyclist casualties does not appear to be reducing, even though the number of cycling trips remains similar to the levels seen during 2009.
After years of delay the Department for Transport consulted on amendments to the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPC) Regulations 1983 and a separate consultation on Electric Personal Vehicles (EPV). The former are now well out of date, while the latter sets out the law for 'Segway' scooters.
Following a sustained and high-profile campaign by CTC in 2007, over 40 rules of the revised Highway Code were changed to the benefit of cyclists. CTC had feared that the proposed wording would have undermined cyclists' right to use the road where cycle facilities were provided.