Barbara Keeley MP


Turning the Corner and the British Cycling campaign

Organisations such as British Cycling are calling for an update to the Highway Code to introduce a universal duty to give way to people going ahead or crossing a junction, including people cycling and walking.

In December 2016 the Transport Secretary said that the Conservative Government has no further plans to carry out a revision of the Highway Code. However, the Government has committed to undertake a consultation on proposed changes when it does carry out the next revision.

Labour has called for dedicated separate safe cycling routes, a Cycle Safety Assessment to cycle-proof new road schemes, and the reintroduction of national road safety targets to cut deaths and serious injuries.

The recent increase in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads is extremely concerning and greater attention must be paid to road safety. I believe that national road safety standards should be reinstated and that we must have the cycling and walking infrastructure that will make road users safer.

I hope that the Conservative Government will carefully consider the proposals that have been put forward by British Cycling when it next reviews the Highway Code. Current updates and smaller changes can be found on the website here.

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