Welcome Changes to the Highway Code


These much welcome changes for vulnerable road users have been in force since Saturday 29th January but I have been too busy to blog about these before now.

I was invited to speak to Andrew Castle on LBC about the changes on Sunday morning 23rd January and found this a helpful exchange. Andrew stated that he was both a motorist and a cyclist ( as so many are ) and I referred him straight to the new ' close pass' rule in the new HC that says that motorists must keep 1.5 metres from a cyclist while they are overtaking.

EVERY cyclist will have experienced a close pass ,it's very frightening ,and in a very few cases, is done deliberately , to intimidate or worse .

The new changes bring in a hierarchy on our roads, I have spoken before about the hierarchy of vulnerability on our roads since it starts with our most vulnerable, the very young, the very old and the disabled pedestrians , moving on to pedestrians generally and then to cyclists , motorcyclists and so on.

It's pleasing that the DFT have listened to vulnerable groups , because this has filtered through to these changes.

I can think of at least two cases that that we are already running which will be helped by these changes, both left hooks, although I feel that the close pass 1.5 metre rule will be of more longer lasting benefit to cyclists.

Just last moth, I was consulted by a wife who had lost her cyclist husband to a driver who had , as so many do, left insufficient room when overtaking.

Highway Code changes for the better to give protection on the roads where it is needed.

Cycle Legal

11 Northwold Road Stoke Newington, London N16 7HL