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US NewsDrivers could have to give way to cyclists and walkers

12:40  18 october  2018
12:40  18 october  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Bicycling advocates say drivers can play a big role in reducing those grim statistics, paving the way for peaceful coexistence. 7. Give Cyclists 3 Feet of Clearance: More than 20 states have passed laws requiring motorists to give bicycles on the roadway about 3 feet of space, Blumenthal says.

Es then cyclists will change their arrogant ways , give up cycling or keep to the left and ride in their cycle lanes so drivers will not have to tolerate pedestrians and drivers is crucial not just so we can drive around town faster and without having to pay so much attention, also for walkers own safety.

Drivers could have to give way to cyclists and walkers © Getty 101 cyclists were killed last year in the UK

British drivers may legally have to give way to cyclists and pedestrians when turning to make roads safer.

The Department for Transport is considering shaking-up the Highway Code to boost protection of vulnerable road users going straight on at junctions while motorists turn off.

Road safety campaigners claim the Highway Code is unclear about what drivers should do when turning.

Rule 170 of the code states that pedestrians have priority "if they have started to cross" but does not explain what should happen when someone is about to step off a pavement at the same time a vehicle arrives at a junction.

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Competent cyclists politely cooperate with other drivers by yielding when required Driving a motor vehicle can create a public danger and therefore is a privilege that can be revoked. Conversely, I occasionally had to deal with drunk drivers and individuals attempting to jump me on the way home.

If the changes are made it would bring the UK in line with the US where pedestrians always have priority.

The government is also considering introducing the Dutch Reach technique to reduce cyclists being hit by car doors or overtaken too closely by vehicles.

Drivers could have to give way to cyclists and walkers © Getty The law would cover pedestrians as well I

ntroduced in Holland about 50 years ago, the technique involves drivers opening doors using the hand furthest from the handle to force them to check over their shoulder for approaching traffic.

Last year 101 cyclists died in crashes on Britain's roads.

Cycling and walking minister Jesse Norman said: "Cycling and walking are increasingly being understood as crucial parts of an integrated approach to issues of health, obesity, air quality and town and city planning.

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British Cycling : “ Drivers should be giving way to cyclists when turning at junctions”. Chris Boardman, a former cycling champ and policy adviser felt the update “reinforces good behaviour”. The RHA warned it could easily lead to an increase in accidents on the roads as some of the more

Cyclists and pedestrians may be segregated or they may share the same space (unsegregated). Be aware that drivers may not see you. They may have to move over to the right before turning left. Give plenty of room to long vehicles on the roundabout as they need more space to manoeuvre.

Drivers could have to give way to cyclists and walkers © PA The government is looking to make drivers give way to cyclists "

But this will only happen if people feel safe on the roads.

"These measures are part of a steady process of improvement and reform designed to achieve just that."

Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns at charity Cycling UK, said: "Close overtakes and people opening car doors in front of cyclists are not only dangerous, they also put people off riding a bike.

"That's why Cycling UK has been campaigning for changes to the Highway Code rules for many years, to make the requirements crystal clear to give enough space when overtaking a cyclist, wait if you can't, and look before you open your car door.

"We're delighted the government has listened and we hope to contribute to the discussions regarding the amendments required to prioritise the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users."

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