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What you’re saying about new rights for cyclists on the…

What you’re saying about new rights for cyclists on the roads
2022-01-27 15:57:00
From Saturday, new Highway Code rules come into effect giving cyclists and pedestrians more rights. It follows a lengthy public consultation in 2020, with the aim of improving road safety for people walking, cycling, and riding horses. The Department for Transport have stated eight main changes that will affect all road users moving forward and ensure a safer experience on British highways. More traffic and travel news here Such rules include new road positioning for cyclists, where they can ride in the centre of their lane on quieter roads and at least 0.5m from the pavement on busier roads, but further away if possible. Cyclists will also be able to ride two abreast, rather than only in single-file, and this is encouraged, especially if accompanying less experienced riders, to improve visibility to motorists. Cyclists are allowed to ride two abreast on the road from Saturday Motorists, also, may not overtake cyclists on a roundabout in their lane and must allow people cycling to move across their path, as they travel around the roundabout. The rules also set out that “when people cycling are going straight ahead at a junction, they have priority over traffic waiting to turn into or out of a side road, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise.” Many have come out in support of the new rules and welcome the change. With many fatal and serious accidents happening across the country, and the government’s campaign to get more people cycling for a more active and environmentally friendly community, some believe the new laws are a sensible and much-needed step. Cyclists will have more rights on the roads after Saturday (Image: Katie Pugh) One such Hull resident, Donna Turner, said on our Facebook page: “I cycle five days a week to work and back. “I have lights on my bike and follow the rules of the road but feel very unsafe, even in the cycle lanes. “Plus, with buses and taxis trying to pass in bus lanes, it is getting dangerously too close.” Another resident also matched this concern about the safety of cyclists and added: “At the end of the day, they are the more vulnerable road user. “I thought it was a thing that pedestrians, horse riders, and cyclists have priority on the road, it seems common sense really.” However, not all motorists are on board with the changes, as many are convinced that there needs to be a crackdown on cycling regulations if better safety is to be achieved. Michael Everitt is one of a few residents, who believe all road users should have to prove their proficiency before being given road rights. He wrote: “If cyclists are to have the right of way over vehicle drivers, then they should be required by law to pass a minimum road user test, like moped and scooter users, and be required to have insurance. “Who is going to pay for rear-end damage when a cyclist runs into the back of you?” One woman, who has had personal experience of such an incident, also echoed this opinion and claimed: “A cyclist rode into the back of my car at a red light once. “They left a dent and just got up and rode off. “It’s time to pay insurance.” As well as concerns over cyclists’ road safety awareness and insurance claims, disgruntled motorists also believe cyclists should have to pay an equivalent of road tax, in exchange for more rights on the road. Andrea Green said: “Because of these new cycle lanes, I think cyclists should pay road tax, just like car users. “Or car users should pay less car tax because a lot of the road is used up with cycle lanes.” Despite a mixed bag of opinions on the issue, the Department for Transport has encouraged all road users to familiarise themselves with the looming changes, to prevent any future confusion. The eight main changes can be found here. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay now

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