Battle continues for cyclist-friendly Highway Code

- CTC press release

CTC - the UK's national cyclists' organisation

4th May 2007

Battle continues for cyclist-friendly Highway Code

A revised draft of the Highway Code has not properly addressed the concerns of 11,000 cyclists who last year joined a CTC campaign to have the Code re-worded.

The original draft of the Highway Code included a seemingly innocuous addition, which told cyclists to 'use cycle facilities...where provided'. Following the campaigning efforts of 11,000 cyclists, the revised wording, issued on 28th March, reads: Use cycle routes and cycle facilities...wherever possible, as they can make your journey safer.

According to CTC, the new wording does not address its original concern that insurance companies will use the wording of the new Code as an excuse to reduce the amount of compensation they pay if a motorist hits a cyclist that has chosen to use a road rather than a nearby cycle facility.

CTC Campaigns & Policy Manager, Roger Geffen, said: "We are working hard behind the scenes and very much hope that the Government will see sense and amend the wording to say "use cycle facilities where they help with your journey" - thus leaving the decision at the cyclist's discretion. If it does not, we will seek to persuade the Lords to vote it out, or may ultimately initiate a Judicial Review against it."

CTC would like to hear about incidents where a cyclist has been injured while using a cycle facility, or has suffered verbal or physical abuse, or hassle from the police, as a result of using the road rather than a nearby cycle facility. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For updates, visit www.ctc.org.uk/campaigns.

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For more information including photography contact CTC Media Officer Yannick Read 0870 873 0063

Notes to editors

* A similar rule in the existing Highway Code, which states that cycle helmets 'should' be worn has caused serious problems for cyclists, including 9-year-old cyclist Darren Coombs who was left permanently disabled after being hit by a car. Darren's parents then had to face the claim that they themselves were guilty of "contributory negligence" for allowing him to ride unaccompanied and without a helmet. There was no legal requirement for Darren to wear a helmet - the actions of the insurance company stemmed entirely from the Highway Code wording.

* The revised draft of the Highway Code can be viewed at www.dsa.gov.uk/highwaycode

* CTC is the national organisation for all cyclists in the UK and Ireland, including children, families, and commuters. CTC has 70,000 members and affiliates and is the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK.

For details of all CTC services visit www.ctc.org.uk

Ends For more information including photography contact CTC Media Officer Yannick Read 0870 873 0063

Notes to editors

* CTC is the national organisation for all cyclists in the UK and Ireland, including children, families, and commuters. CTC has 70,000 members and affiliates and is the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK. www.ctc.org.uk

Yannick Read Media officer

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