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6 Oct 2022

To coincide with Cycle to School Week, Sustrans has been calling on local authorities and Central Government to guarantee protected cycle lanes on main road routes to schools.

5 Oct 2022

The Government has been accused of failing in its duty to contact statutory consultees within the cycling and equestrian sectors as part of a significant national trail overhaul plan.

5 Oct 2022

The Financial Conduct Authority has confirmed plans to introduce a new Consumer Duty that will set higher and clearer standards of consumer protection across financial services and require firms...

4 Oct 2022

More than three quarters of British people do not believe the police would bother to investigate instances of bicycle theft, a new YouGov survey has found.

29 Sep 2022

With household budgets under pressure, a new study has revealed that half the population believe e-bikes are the natural replacement for cars.

29 Sep 2022

New research from Ankorstore, an online B2B platform that connects brands and shops in Europe, has shown that independent retailers are relying on the support of local shoppers, rather than the...

26 Sep 2022

Following the Chancellor’s mini-budget last week, the retail industry has been reacting to the support package for small businesses and independent shops….including some of the...

22 Sep 2022

More than £1.2 million has been paid out to cyclists who have fallen off their bike on Edinburgh's tram lines over the last decade.

22 Sep 2022

This Thursday, September 22nd is World Car Free Day, an annual worldwide event that gives communities the chance to imagine a life without traffic. It also encourages families to come together...

21 Sep 2022

The Association of Cycle Traders has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will be funding support for business energy bills over the next six months.

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Government to bring forward ‘death by dangerous cycling’ law

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It has been reported that the Government is likely to introduce a causing death by dangerous cycling law as part of new legislation to be included in a Transport Bill which will begin its passage through Parliament later this year.

The law would see bike riders found guilty of the offence face the same punishment as drivers convicted of causing death by dangerous driving, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

According to Road:CC cyclists currently involved in crashes in which a pedestrian is killed or injured can face prosecution under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 for causing bodily harm through wanton or furious driving, which has a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment. They can also be charged with manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is quoted as saying:

“We need the cycling equivalent of death by dangerous driving to close a gap in the law and impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care.

“For example, traffic lights are there to regulate all traffic. But a selfish minority of cyclists appear to believe that they are somehow immune to red lights.

“We need to crack down on this disregard for road safety. Relatives of victims have waited too long for this straightforward measure.

“As we move into an era of sustained mass cycling, a thoroughly good thing, we must bring home to cyclists – too often themselves the victims of careless or reckless motoring – that the obligation to put safety first applies equally to every road user. There can be no exceptions.”

In 2020, 346 pedestrians were killed in road traffic collisions in Great Britain, but cyclists were only involved in four of those fatal crashes.

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