The Government has set out a review into safety in the Capital, as a consequence for the increased number of cyclists on British roads there has been a rise in the of number incidents between cyclists and vehicles. What hasn’t been noticed until recently is the increase in cyclist and pedestrian incidents. Two pedestrians were killed in 2015 after accidents with a cyclists, with a further 96 injured. The announcement follows the conviction of Charlie Alliston, 20, who was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders institute after he fatally collided with Kim Briggs, 44, in east London in February 2016.
The Government has announced a review into cycle safety, which could see new offences equivalent to death by careless or dangerous driving introduced for cyclists.
The Transport Minister said that “We’ve seen the devastation that reckless cycling and driving can cause and this review will help safeguard both Britain’s cyclists and those who share roads with them. 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.”
Since 2010, the Government has trebled spending on cycling initiative sdue to the fact that 100+ cyclists were killed in the UK in 2015 and more than 3,000 injured after incidents involving vehicles.