The Government has today (9 March) published its ‘Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy: Safety Review’. The call for evidence is on ways to make cycling and walking safer and forms part of the wider consultation on road safety issues related to cycling - phase 2 of the Cycle Safety Review, announced in September 2017.
Living Streets has been working with the Department for Transport, alongside cycling and road safety organisations, and has lobbied successfully for this review to be widened to include pedestrian safety.
This announcement comes at the same time as a report, commissioned by the Department for Transport, recommending that there is a case for a new offence to be introduced to tackle dangerous cycling. If this were to be introduced, it would bring cycling in line with driving offences.
Joe Irvin continues:
“Everyone who uses our roads should respect the law and respect the safety of others. There is a potential gap in the law concerning death by dangerous cycling. But the Government must focus on what will make the biggest difference and tackle all road danger at source.
“448 pedestrians were killed on Britain’s roads in 2016; over 99 per cent of these deaths caused by a collision with a motor vehicle. So bikes are not the main problem.
“The current justice system is simply not an effective deterrent to dangerous behaviour.”
Pedestrian fatalities caused by someone cycling, 62% by cars (the remainder being lorries, motorcycles etc). https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/ras10-reported-road-accidents#table-ras10012