New Highway code published.

It is finally out. It still contains the victim blaming sections on wearing “bright” cloths and the ridiculous helmet suggestions (rule 59), and the very bad advice about cycling around roundabouts (rule 77). At least the sections on cycle paths are better than the original suggestions (rules 61 & 63).

There is a small furore about rule 148 which appears to ban Smoking while driving, which IMO is a good thing, if you are controlling a ton of metal then you should concentrate on controlling the vehicle so that you do not present a danger to other road users, which includes pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. Luckily the smoking lobby was not as good as the cycling lobby when the Highway code was in it's consultation phase.

One thing I can't grasp is why the URL has changed from the easy to remember http://www.highwaycode.gov.uk to the not so easy http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/index.htm. I just hope they leave the redirection inplace.

Comments:

Are you not a supporter of wearing crash helmets then?

Posted by inomine on September 29, 2007 at 03:05 PM BST #

Chris,
I recently viewed a Nightly News report on UK 'bobbies' now employing digital cameras affixed to or within their helmet assisting them in daily duties.
The point, wait until you see our forthcoming 2009 'global' bicycle helmet!
Point to ponder, a 10-15% pedaling efficiency improvement achieved for ALL bicycle types.
(Hint: Includes existing equipment.)

Posted by William Walling on September 30, 2007 at 11:45 AM BST #

That is correct, I am not a supporter of cycle helmets. I think I pretty much covered it here http://blogs.sun.com/chrisg/entry/depressed_about_the_future and things have not changed.

Like most opponents to cycle helmets I used to think they were a good idea. Then there was an attempt to make them mandatory which caused me to read the research (see http://cyclehelmets.org ) and hence I no longer support wearing them at all.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on October 03, 2007 at 01:36 PM BST #

have smoked in car 43 years no accident or claims so where is it bad to smoke in car

Posted by paul on October 08, 2007 at 12:38 PM BST #

Smoking while driving reduces your concentration on driving. Since you are in control of a deadly weapon you have a responsibility concentrate fully at all times.

Like we all know someone who lived to a ripe all age smoking every day that does not mean that smoking does not increase the risk of cancer.

The difference with driving is that the increased risk is the risk to other people and more specifically vulnerable road users.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on October 08, 2007 at 03:33 PM BST #

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