The Times reports the issues of the new Highway Code

The problems with the Highway Code for cyclists has hit the main stream media. From The Times online. This quote from a nameless official at the Department for Transport shows the problem:

The Highway Code has advised cyclists to use cycle facilities like cycle tracks since 1946,”

The concept that the advice it is giving and has been giving for 60 years might be bad advice never enters the conversation. The quotes from John Franklin, the author of cyclecraft, are to frightening if he is right:


Franklin also points out that rules controlling cyclists’ safety are in the hands of the Driving Standards Agency (which publishes the Highway Code) and the DfT. “As far as I know there is no one at the DfT’s road safety section who has any experience of cycling,” he says.

It is however completely believable that no one at the DfT or the Driving Standards Agency knows anything about cycling.


Similar to the folks at work who look after the campus. What they know about cycling can be found on their nonexistent blog yet they tell us that the suicide cycle paths are safe and have had a “professional” do a risk assessment to show this, a risk assessment they refuse to share with the cyclists. Sorry I was starting to rant.....

Comments:

There's another problem with the Highway Code that has been in earlier editions but could now usefully be removed, and which also must surely annoy cyclists too yet they are strangely quiet about it: Rule 115 - recommending headlights be used even in built up streetlit areas at night. The law, and common sense, and good vision, requires only side lights (typically the first click setting on a headlight switch) in streetlit areas yet people tend to dazzle and blind and distract each other out of habit, following like sheep mentality, a wrong headed belief that competing to be the most conspicuous person on the road is somehow 'safe', Volvo have the lights on by default and Volvo have aligened themselves with the safety marketing badge so therefore unecessary headlights must be safe (never mind its more to do with the circumstances of Volvo's country of origin), fifthly to intimidate motorists in front of them, and lastly that because everyone else has their lights on then everyone else must too else be lost in the comparative gloom. YET WE'D ALL SEE MORE, BE LESS STRSSED, IF WE USED ONLY SIDE-LIGHTS WHERE IT IS DARK YET STILL SUFFICIENT LIGHT TO SEE THE ROAD AHEAD.

Posted by A Tonkin on May 07, 2007 at 02:24 AM BST #

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