Cyclists risk being knocked off their bikes around every two weeks, according a new report into near misses.
A study from the Near Miss Project indicates cyclists experience 25 near misses at junctions each year. Almost a quarter of those (six) are described by participants as “very scary.”
The Near Miss Project, led by Dr Rachel Aldred of the University of Westminster, says it is the first study to calculate a per-mile near miss rate for British cyclists.
Campaign for change
Chris Boardman, a former Olympic cycling champion, has delivered a petition – garnering more than 27,000 signatures – to the minister for transport Andrew Jones, pushing for a road rule reform to protect the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.
The Olympian – who is now policy adviser at British Cycling – is calling on the Department for Transport (DfT) to make changes to the Highway Code, saying the current rules are “conflicting”.
The petition was launched by British Cycling and is supported by the motoring firm the AA.
In a video released by British Cycling, the champion says two-thirds of all traffic accidents occur at junctions, yet there are 14 separate rules on how road users should negotiate them.
He said: “We know that the place where walkers – particularly the elderly and parents with children – and those on bikes often feel most vulnerable is when they are crossing junctions.
“Instead of the 14 conflicting rules in an outdated Highway Code, let’s borrow the common sense approach used in other European countries to create one simple rule that will make junctions much safer for everyone.”
It has been nine years since the last revision of the Highway Code.
Source: British Cycling
Date Published: March 23, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown