Closed consultation

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

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Summary

Proposes amending The Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users, clarify pedestrian and cyclist priority, establish safer overtaking.

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Consultation description

Consultation seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

  • cyclists
  • pedestrians
  • horse riders

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

Documents

Consultation on a review of The Highway Code

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Published 28 July 2020