Cyclists and pedestrians to be given priority over other road…

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Cyclists and pedestrians to be given priority over other road…

Cyclists and pedestrians to be given priority over other road users
2021-08-03 13:08:00
New rules that will give 'vulnerable' road users such as cyclists and pedestrians greater priority on our roads have been revealed by the transport secretary and are set to be given the green light this autumn. The changes will create a 'hierarchy' of road users to give pedestrians priority at junctions as well as raising further awareness about the dangers of speeding. Read more: Hull's splash pad shut at East Park again after technical issues The government undertook a consultation for the changes for 12 weeks last year and it generated a huge response with nearly 21,000 received from a range of respondents including government, public and business. The introduction of a new on pedestrian right of way was supported by 75% of respondents and 89% agreed with the introduction of new Rule on cyclist priority. Cycle lanes in Freetown Way in Hull (Image: Peter Harbour – Hull Live) It comes as part of a £338m package to boost cycling and walking across the country from the Department for Transport (DfT). The transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “Millions of us have found over the past year how cycling and walking are great ways to stay fit, ease congestion on the roads and do your bit for the environment. “As we build back greener from the pandemic, we’re determined to keep that trend going by making active travel easier and safer for everyone. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. “This £338m package marks the start of what promises to be a great summer of cycling and walking, enabling more people to make those sustainable travel choices that make our air cleaner and cities greener.” The Highway Code changes proposed are: introducing a hierarchy of road users to ensure those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements and that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists or horse riders, and ensuring they have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead In their summary of the consultation, the DfT wrote: “With a focus on responsibility and junctions, we worked closely with expert stakeholder groups representing different users of the road to review the rules in The Highway Code and how they could be amended to improve safety for pedestrians, particularly children, older adults and disabled people, cyclists and horse riders. “The majority of respondents to the consultation were in favour of all the changes proposed, believing that they would improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and

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