Joe Irvin OBE was Living Streets chief executive when the Government promised to consult on improvements to the Highway Code. With the proposals now out for public consultation, he lays out what these changes could mean for pedestrians.
Back in 2018, the Walking and Cycling Alliance (WACA) was thrilled to learn that the Government would be issuing a consultation on the Highway Code to make it safer for people walking and cycling - you can watch a video I made at the time here.
The proposals that have been issued this week reflect the ideas of WACA, made up of Living Streets, the Bicycle Association, British Cycling, Cycling UK, the Ramblers and Sustrans.
The most impactful change for people out walking is to make clear that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians, not only when you have stepped onto the road at a zebra crossing or a junction, but also when you are waiting to cross.
This would end an infamous Catch 22 in the current Code.
This is the Catch 22: traffic must stop when you step onto the crossing, but you shouldn’t step onto the crossing until the traffic has stopped.