Government gets behind #StayWider campaign
- By LCC on at 4:45pm 19 October 2018
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: highway code, DfT, metropolitan police, government, #StayWider, Stay Wider of the Rider, Close pass operations, Jesse Norman, Dutch reach, give way at turn, Turning the Corner, Road safety, Road danger reduction
A big thanks to the thousands of you who have signed our Stay Wider of the Rider petition and placed pins on the map at hazardous locations. The results we're now seeing make the time spent well worthwhile!
Jesse Norman, the Minister for Transport has clearly heard the calls for action from LCC and Cycling UK and has announced that the forthcoming Highway Code review will look at clearer guidelines for motorists passing cyclists, as well as issues such as looking back when opening car doors by using the "Dutch reach," or using your left hand to open the driver door. There have also been reports in some media that the review will also look at "give way at turn". This would clarify rules on drivers turning giving way to cyclists and pedestrians, and could pave the way for better, simpler junctions - like those found in many European countries.
The Metropolitan Police recently met with LCC and provided information about a series of enforcement actions across the capital. Drivers who pass plain clothes officers on cycles too closely are given an on-the spot education session or charged depending on the seriousness of the danger caused. And the Met are using the pins dropped by users of our Stay Wider site as one of the ways they choose where to run operations.
As you may have noticed one of LCC’s partners in the Stay Wider of the Rider campaign, Continental Tyres, has sponsored adverts on the back of London buses to make drivers aware of the dangers of close passing and made a humorous video with the Brownlee brothers triathletes (our other sponsor is Uber Eats, who we're working with on driver and rider training).
You can still sign our petition to Jesse Norman MP to ensure the Highway Code review bears fruit and that his expressed concern over close passing results in sustained enforcement and development of awareness campaigns for motorists.
You can also put a pin in the map showing where you have been close passed. Please do not hesitate to mark locations where there already are several pins – this alerts the police to the frequent of close passes and helps with prioritising enforcement.