The changes are aimed at supporting the government’s new “£2 billion cycling and walking revolution” to get us all fitter. Critically, the changes focus not on drivers – but on improving the safety of other road users including cyclists pedestrians and horse riders.
The four main areas earmarked for transformation are:
- Introducing a ‘hierarchy of road users’, which means those road users who can cause the most harm (i.e., us drivers) have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat we may pose to others (for instance, cyclists or pedestrians).
- Clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, ensuring that drivers and riders give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road.
- Providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority them at junctions when travelling straight ahead.
- Establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders.
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