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Safe Drivers and Vehicles

Introduction

Urban cyclists
Urban cyclists
Cycling's health benefits far outweigh the risks, so anything that puts people off has to be tackled. Hostile road conditions are a major deterrent, but the good news is that the 'safety in numbers' effect means that more and safer cycling are perfectly capable of going hand in hand.
  • Cycling is essentially a safe activity, causing little risk either to cyclists themselves or to other road users. Moreover, there is good evidence that cyclists gain from ‘safety in numbers’, with cycling becoming safer as cycle use increases.
  • However, fear of road traffic is a major deterrent, despite the health, environmental and other benefits of cycling. Actual cycle safety in the UK lags behind many of our continental neighbours, because of poorly designed roads and junctions, traffic volumes and speeds, irresponsible driving, and a legal system that fails to respond adequately to road danger.
  • National and local government should therefore aim for ‘more’ as well as ‘safer’ cycling – the two aims can and should go hand in hand.
  • Despite scare stories about cyclists jumping red lights or riding on pavements, other road users are far more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle than by a cycle.

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