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Petition: Urge your MP to support safer junction laws

British Cycling lobbying for change to Highway Code

More than 5,000 people have signed a petition urging their MP to lobby for a change in the Highway Code, as part of British Cycling’s Turning the Corner campaign.

The petition follows up from an original one, signed by 27,000 people, calling for a simple, universal rule around road junctions.

This second petition now asks supporters to email their MP to back the petition in Parliament.

Chris Boardman, British Cycling’s policy adviser, handed in the original petition to the Department for Transport last Thursday.

He said:  “For 5,000 supporters to have already emailed their MP is a really encouraging start. It shows that this issue is really important to people and, tellingly, it’s not just cyclists who are supporting this – people who do a lot of walking or driving are also getting involved and leaving really supportive messages.

I’m really pleased that people can see the benefits that this simple change to the Highway Code could bring to everyone who uses the roads.”

The campaign is calling for the introduction of a universal rule for road users to give way when turning in order create simpler, safer junctions. Whether you are driving or cycling, you would be clearly obliged to give way when turning left or right, to people who are going straight ahead.

The Highway Code, which has not been fully refreshed for nine years, currently contains at least 14 rules about junctions, often with a different emphasis. This simple rule change would bring the UK in line with countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden where walking and cycling is much safer.

You can support the campaign here.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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