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Highway Code review

21st October 2018

Highway Code

Highway Code

The DfT announced (Thursday 18th October) a review of the Highway Code, with a view to increasing protection for vulnerable road users, and reducing injuries and deaths.

According to the department's news story, the government will 'review guidance on how road users should behave in relation to cyclists and pedestrians, as part of its ambition to drive down unnecessary deaths.' The new Highway Code is to highlight how to avoid the dangers of close passing.

The DfT also mentions encouraging the 'Dutch reach', which means reaching with the hand furthest from the door handle, so you twist and look before opening the car door. This should reduce instances of cyclists being 'doored' when people don't look before opening their car door.

Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns at Cycling UK, said 'We're delighted the government has listened, and we hope to contribute to the discussions regarding the amendments required to prioritise the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.'

Meanwhile British Cycling Policy Advisor Chris Boardman was encouraged that the government is to consider his organisation's Turning the Corner campaign as part of the review.

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