The Times reports the issues of the new Highway Code
By user12625760 on May 06, 2007
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
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.....