Portsmouth Cycle Forum chairman Jon Spencer has suggested that improvements need to be made on Portsmouth’s roads to make them safer for cyclists. The area is known for its vast stretches of flat ground but many cyclists do not feel safe cycling on the roads of the city. There have been around 700 collisions at roundabouts and junctions over the last five years alone and many cyclists struggle to find a way through the traffic. This means that many are travelling on pavements due to the lack of cycling infrastructure at these areas. The chairman suggests that parking enforcement could help due to the number of roads with two rows of parked cars. In addition, many drivers would like there to be proper cycling infrastructure as cyclists may have to get through small spaces between cars. Council leader Donna Jones has expressed an interest in the forums’ concerns and has stated she supports the need to improve cycle routes. Another forum member has stated that measures such an early green light for cyclists at junctions could improve safety for bikers on the roads. As congestion is on the rise, encouraging more people to cycle could make Portsmouth roads safer and many people could benefit health-wise from using a bicycle for short journeys.
Vulnerable road users
Cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and are twice as likely to be seriously injured in the event of a collision or road accident. Making the roads safer for cyclists can increase awareness of these vulnerable road users and can make roads safer for those who wish to leave the car at home. Simply staying aware of your surroundings and looking thoroughly around at all times can prevent an accident with a cyclist, particularly those who do not have a proper cycle lane to use. Although many drivers are aware that cyclists share the roads with them, other drivers may not show them the same courtesy. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and someone else was at fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim for your injuries.
How to start your claim
You can pick up the phone and dial the free 24-hour Accident Advice Helpline to speak with one of our team regarding your road traffic accident. If you have suffered a personal injury and another road user was at fault for your accident, we can pursue compensation on your behalf. We offer no-obligation advice over the phone and, should you choose to pursue your claim, we offer a no win, no fee* policy ensuring your won’t go out of pocket.
Source: Portsmouth News
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown