Cycling has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, with pedal power increasingly seen as a healthy hobby and a cost-effective way to get to and from work.
But with more bikes on the road than ever, the potential for accidents has also increased – and it’s not only cyclists who are at risk.
Earlier this month, 20-year-old Charlie Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders’ institution after killing pedestrian Kim Briggs when his bike collided with the mum-of-two as she crossed a London street. Alliston was convicted under the 19th century offence of ‘wanton or furious driving’.
In response to the case – and a number of other recent similar incidents – the Government has announced it will launch a review into whether modern legislation is required to tackle dangerous cycling. Ministers will seek independent legal advice before issuing guidance in the new year.
The new law could be the cycling equivalent to causing death by dangerous driving. The Government says there has been a “series of high-profile incidents” involving cyclists recently. In 2015 alone, two pedestrians were killed and 96 seriously injured after being hit by a bicycle.
Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “It’s great that cycling has become so popular in recent years but we need to make sure that our road safety rules keep pace with this change.
“We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished but, given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences.”
The debate will rage on between motorists and cyclists as to who “owns the road” but one thing is clear that responsible pedestrians should be able to go about their business safely. They should not be at risk from bicycles or cars driven dangerously.
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