The Department for Transport (DfT) is hitting the (potholed) road for a series of workshops linked to its ongoing Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) cycle safety review.
The government announced a two-part review of cycle safety in September 2017. The first phase looked into the introduction of a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling, while the second phase is focusing on improvements in cycle road safety.
In March this year, the DfT asked the public for “help, ideas and evidence” on how to make cycling safer.
“We are looking for great ideas, for evidence of what works, for examples of good practice from other countries, for innovative technologies, for imaginative solutions, and for idealism tempered with a sense of the practical,” said cycling minister, Jesse Norman.
The consultation closes at 11:45pm on June 1, but if you’d like to contribute in person, there are four events in May:
- London – The Vestre Museum, Walthamstow, Wednesday 16th May
- Bristol - City Hall, Friday 18th May
- Birmingham - Room 116, Transport for West Midlands, Summer Lane, Monday 21st May
- Manchester - 2 Piccadily Place, Transport for Greater Manchester, Wednesday 23rd May
Events last for 2.5 hours and they’re promising coffee.
Discussion will focus on the six key consultation themes:
- How to improve safety through changes to road infrastructure
- The law and rules of the road
- Road user training and testing
- Vehicles and equipment
- Attitudes, understanding and awareness of different road users
Cycling UK is currently running a ‘Why wouldn’t you make cycling safer?’ campaign linked to the consultation in which it has put forward a series of “easy and cost-effective” solutions to common cycling problems.