Today the Government announced the publication of its response to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Safety Review. We provided evidence for the review as part of the Walking and Cycling Alliance (WACA).
Our chief executive, Vanessa Griffiths said:
“This action plan is a really positive step forward towards improving the safety of vulnerable pedestrians – a vital step if we are to move closer to making walking the easy choice for every day journeys, along with the huge benefits that brings for our health and the environment.
“We particularly welcome the appointment of national Cycling and Walking Champion, which will give new impetus to our collective efforts to get more people walking and cycling. The review of the Highway Code is also an important step making our roads safer for vulnerable users and we look forward to continuing to work with the Department for Transport, local authorities and other partners to implement the plan.”
The Department for Transports 50 point plan to improve road safety for walkers and cyclists included:
- A review of guidance in the Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users
- New investment to support the police to improve enforcement by developing a national back office function to handle footage provided through dash-cam evidence
- Enforcement against parking in mandatory cycle lanes
- The appointment of a new Cycling and Walking Champion to raise the profile of Active Travel
- Encouragement for local authorities to increase investment in cycling and walking infrastructure to 15% of total transport infrastructure spending
- Working with key cycling and walking organisations to develop a behaviour change campaign alongside the action plan
The Walking and Cycling Alliance is made up of the Bicycle Association, Cycling UK, The Ramblers, British Cycling, Living Streets and Sustrans. The organisations also welcomed the suggestions which will look into providing priority for cyclists and walkers at junctions, clearer guidance on vehicles overtaking cyclists and also guidance on the ‘Dutch reach’.
The Alliance is calling for Government to bring about five changes to make our roads safer for pedestrians and people on bikes:
- Safety: revise the Highway Code to improve safety for people walking and cycling, particularly at junctions
- Speed: reduce default speed limits to 20 mph for most roads in built-up areas and 40 mph for most minor rural roads
- Space: adopt and ensure consistent application of existing ‘best-in-class’ infrastructure design standards
- Priority: prohibit pavement parking to create safer and more accessible streets
- Culture: provide cycle training for all primary and secondary school children, and embed a culture of walking and cycling throughout the school curriculum
Read the full Department for Transport Response to the Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy Safety Review.