News from Brake
Thursday 18 November
The government has announced that it is set to review guidance on how road users should behave in relation to cyclists and pedestrians. The new Highway Code will highlight how to avoid the dangers of close passing, and encourage people to adopt the ‘Dutch reach’, a method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle, to force drivers to look over their shoulder for passing traffic.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:
"For far too long, the rules of our roads have prioritised motor vehicles over cycling and walking. This has resulted in a vicious circle of increased risk for pedestrians and cyclists, fewer people opting to walk or cycle, and limited government investment - not to mention the devastating impact on public health and the environment. We applaud the Government’s planned changes to the Highway Code as a welcome step in the right direction, but more must still be done. We need safer speed limits, greater investment in segregated cycle lanes and a justice system which keeps dangerous drivers off our roads.”
“Today’s announcement is timely, arriving a month ahead of Road Safety Week where communities across the UK will be shouting about the need for everyone to be “Bike Smart”. Those travelling on two wheels are among our most vulnerable road users and everyone can play a role in helping keep them safe from harm.”
Notes to editors:
 Road Safety Week is coordinated by Brake and will be held from 19-25 November. This year’s theme is “Bike Smart”, and communities and campaigners across the country will be shouting about the safety of those on two wheels. More at Brake’s website here - http://roadsafetyweek.org.uk/
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.