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Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

posted 2 Aug 2020, 23:20 by selectdrivinghalifax
These changes are due by early 2021 and seek to establish much more protection for vulnerable road users.

The main alterations to the code being proposed are:

introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead
establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

In particular I can see the changes to give way to pedestrians who are WAITING to cross a side road being very confusing and possibly hazardous for all concerned.

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