Mike responds to British Cycling's call for an update to the Highway Code

I have been contacted recently about the Highway Code and turning at junctions.

I understand that organisations such as British Cycling are calling for an update to the Highway Code to introduce a universal duty to give way to people going ahead or crossing a junction, including people cycling and walking.

In December last year the Transport Secretary said that the Government has no further plans to carry out a revision of the Highway Code. However, the Government has committed to undertake a consultation on proposed changes when it does carry out the next revision.

Everyone is a road user and I believe that the development of a coherent strategy on road safety should be a top priority. I have consistently called for dedicated separate safe cycling routes, a Cycle Safety Assessment to cycle-proof new road schemes, and the reintroduction of national road safety targets to cut deaths and serious injuries, and protection for pedestrians from vehicles and cyclists.

The recent increase in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads is extremely concerning and greater attention must be paid to road safety.

I believe that national road safety standards should be reinstated and that we must have the cycling and walking infrastructure that will make road users safer, including separation.

I hope that the Government will carefully consider the proposals to update the Highway Code. I can assure my constituents I will continue to follow this issue closely and press for road safety improvements.

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