Govt calls for cycle safety evidence as report backs new offence


An independent review has found ‘a strong case’ for bringing the law on causing injury or death by dangerous cycling in line with serious driving offences.

The Department for Transport has also published call for evidence on ways to make cycling and walking safer, which it said was part of the Government’s drive to make cycling and walking safer, while encouraging more people to take up cycling.

It is asking for a range of views and opinions from the public on everything from improved infrastructure to education for all road users.

The independent report was written by legal expert Laura Thomas. She wrote: ‘In my opinion there is a persuasive case for legislative change to tackle the issue of dangerous and careless cycling that causes serious injury or death; in order to bring cycling in to line with driving offences.’

Reaction to the announcement from cycling and road safety groups has been mixed. Paul Tuohy, chief executive of Cycling UK said: ‘Cycling UK has long campaigned for a review of all road safety laws and enforcement, so it is encouraging that these points will be considered in the call for evidence.

‘We want to see more people cycling safely, and will actively engage with the review to ensure it addresses the causes of dangers for cyclists and the barriers to more cycling.’

Cycling minister Jesse Norman said: ‘We need to become a nation of cyclists, and this government wants to make cycling the natural choice of transport for people of all ages and backgrounds.

‘The call for evidence published today will support an open, comprehensive and thorough review across government to encourage active travel and improve safety for all road users, and I hope that as many people as possible take the time to read and respond to it.

‘We are determined to make cycling safer and easier across the country, and we are continuing to invest.’

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