Drivers Standards Agency continues it's attack on cycling

The Drivers Standards Agency have now produce the revised Highway Code following the consultation. 70% of the returns (see page 4 of the report on the consultation) were from cyclists and the most contentious changes were about the new wordings of rules related to cycling. So the Drivers Standards Agency have continued their attack on cyclists by making the wordings even worse for cyclists.

Rule 61 for example in the previous draft said:
Use cycle routes when practicable and cycle facilities such as advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings where they are provided, as they can make your journeys safer.

The objection being that the definition of practicable allows an argument that any time you are not using one of these facilities you could be held as negligent if there is an accident. Here is what they say in the report on the consultation (page7):


It was felt that other road users needed to be made aware that the choice to use these facilities remains with the cyclist, and there is no law forcing their use. The phrasing of the rule has therefore been amended to take this into account. The standard of cycle routes remains the responsibility of the relevant highway authorities and so falls outside the remit of The Highway Code.

So they have change the rule to be:


Use cycle routes and cycle facilities such as advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings wherever possible as they can make your journeys safer.

So they have removed any doubt about where you should cycle. You should take cycle facility if it is possible. Even if it more dangerous, does not go where you are going, is less convenient, slower or badly maintained.


Meanwhile the CTC has been strangely silent on the issue, which considering that they encouraged so many to take part in the

I urge anyone who rides a bike or cares about cyclists to sign the petition here and write to your MP before it is too late. I confess I don't hold up much hope that the Department for Motorists Transport will listen as this would not help drive cyclists off the road.

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