PROPOSED ANTI CYCLIST CHANGES TO HIGHWAY CODE - SIGN THE PETITIONSlyly worded (Labour-style) stuff. The amount I slam my face into oncoming vehicles this could cost me dearly (not that the police ever catch the buggers or I ever see a damn penny anyway).
Would you mind being forced to use cycle paths (even when you have to slowly negotiate about 15 junctions when you could have easily cycled straight down the main road)? If you would mind then read on...
Your right to ride on the road is in jeopardy. The revised Highway Code says cyclists should "use cycle facilities where possible". If this Code is approved, cyclists will effectively lose the right to ride on the road where there are alternative routes or adjacent facilities. The implications of this are too bad to contemplate. First we will suffer more abuse and intimidating driving. Second, if a cyclist is involved in an accident and tries to claim damages, the insurance companies are likely to argue that the rider contributed to the accident by not using the cycle facility.
The Highway Code has been laid before parliament. It will automatically be approved unless it is referred to a House of Commons Committee which cannot amend it and can only recommend the whole document be rejected. It will take an unprecedented amount of adverse publicity to persuade the government to reject the Highway Code in its entirety.
It is interesting to note that 35 MP's objected to the original revised wording. Unfortunately, the replacement wording is no better. Only 11,000 objections were received to the previous wording. If this Highway Code is approved by government cyclists will effectively lose the right to ride on the road where there are alternative routes or adjacent facilities.
Please register your name on the petition and persuade others to do the same.
I think this might be cobblers, and so does Ph@tBoy, but this could have repercussions and better safe than sorry...