The government has set out its intentions to review the Highway Code to improve road safety.
Part of a drive to keep cyclists safe on the roads, this review will set out measures to change the way road users behave, so that cyclists and pedestrians feel safer.
Announced by Jesse Norman, the Cycling and Walking Minister, the new Highway Code will highlight ways in which motorists should avoid the dangers of close passing, while encouraging them to use the ‘Dutch reach’ method, which involves opening a car door with the hand furthers from the handle.
By doing this, it forces drivers to look over their shoulders at passing traffic.
Ultimately, this should decrease the number of unnecessary deaths caused on the roads.
A review of the Highway Code is taking place because of recent road casualty figures that revealed 101 cyclists lost their lives in 2017 because of road traffic collisions.
It led to an initiative launched in June by the government to crack down on close passing, which is the main cause of accidents.
Mr Norman said the Highway Code review will lead to cyclists and pedestrians feeling safer.
“Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but we need them to be safer still for all – and particularly for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.
“Cycling and walking are increasingly being understood as crucial parts of an integrated approach to issues of health, obesity, air quality and town and city planning.
“But this will only happen if people feel safe on the roads.
“These measures are part of a steady process of improvement and reform designed to achieve just that.”
This is just one of a number of initiatives being used to improve safety and reduce accidents on the roads, with preventative technologies and Vision Zero both playing key roles.