A Highway Code Review Wants to Better Explain Why Bikes and Pedestrians Are Allowed to Be There

By Gary Cutlack on at

The government's about to conduct a review of the Highway Code what with the new emphasis it's placing upon active travel, and is looking at ways of better underlining the rights-to-be-there covering cyclists, pedestrians and, er, horse riders. The latter of which will enhance accessibility for the riders of the apocalypse.

It sounds like the dreams of cyclists and the restless, tossing, stomach-full-of-sausages nightmares of taxi drivers are about to be realised simultaneously, as the main thrust of the planned changes being consulted upon is to establish a "hierarchy of road users" that shifts the burden of responsibility for safety to the road users that can do the "greatest harm," requiring them to "...reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others." That's basically demoting cars to near weapon status.

There's good news for pedestrian foot soldier traffic too, as the second proposed prong of the Code update promises to underline pedestrian priority on pavements, making it clear that drivers and cyclists should give way to pedestrians attempting to cross. The changes also "...advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions" when the car operative is not turning, with the current draft update adding the incendiary line that car drivers should "stop and wait for a safe gap in the flow of cyclists if necessary" before turning. Taxi drivers will have to start wearing nappies to contain the blast when they shit themselves with fury.

There is also updated guidance on safe passing distances when overtaking bikes and horses, hopefully ending the furious rants of car drivers in letters to their local newspapers about having to not-overtake a person not in a car for several frustrating seconds. This is all a consultation only at the moment, mind, so things could change before final wording is agreed; but now's the time to get your for or against petition going and all your burner social accounts liking and retweeting your chosen message. [GOV]

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