Highway Code: Cycling

Transport written question – answered on 8th May 2007.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account was taken of the views of cyclists in the consultation process for the new Highway Code.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

Over 4,000 individuals responded to the consultation. About 70 per cent. of the responses were from cyclists. In view of the level of interest from cyclists I met with Emily Thornberry, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group on 7 September 2006.

In response to the views raised by respondents to the consultation, the rules for cyclists were amended. Some 30 other rules throughout the "Highway Code" were revised to add emphasis to the need for consideration of cyclists by other road users.

The view expressed by some that the "Highway Code" should omit the non-mandatory advice to cyclists about wearing helmets or high visibility clothing, was considered to be inappropriate on the grounds of the safety of cyclists. All road users have some responsibility for their own safety.

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Luke Bosman
Posted on 11 May 2007 9:52 pm (Report this annotation)

One wonders how "Use cycle routes and cycle facilities such as advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings wherever possible" adds emphasis to the need for consideration of cyclists by other road users.

Tom Butcher
Posted on 12 May 2007 2:53 pm (Report this annotation)

Clearly Mr Ladyman is being disingenuous - the changes to the Highway Code are very much anti-cycling.