Government announces review into cycle safety

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has launched an urgent review into cycle safety, in light of a series of high profile incidents involving cyclists.

The review will explore whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for cyclists. In 2015, two pedestrians were killed and 96 seriously injured after being hit by a bicycle.

The review will encompass two phases. the first will explore the above possibility, whilst the second will be a wider consultation on road safety issues relating to cycling, considering the rules of the road, public awareness, key safety risks and the guidance and signage for all road users.

Norman said: “Although the UK has some of the safest roads in the world, we are always looking to make them safer. It’s great that cycling has become so popular in recent years but we need to make sure that our road safety rules keep pace with this change.

“We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished but, given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences. We’ve seen the devastation that reckless cycling and driving can cause, and this review will help safeguard both Britain’s cyclists and those who share the roads with them.”

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