The government has published a two-year action plan with 50 proposed measures to improve road safety.
All proposals are part of wider plans to reduce road rage and protect vulnerable road users by encouraging greater mutual respect.
Under the new plan, councils will be encouraged to spend 15% of their local transport infrastructure funding on both walking and cycling, while also gaining powers to tackle parking in mandatory cycle lanes that is deemed dangerous.
This news comes at a time where those organisations in charge of operating and maintaining London’s transport network are making real commitments to Vision Zero, which aims to get to a point whereby there are no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic.
Part of this commitment is to protect vulnerable road users from the likes of HGVs, therefore improving road safety.
To this end, part of the action plan involves the appointment of a new cycling and walking champion, ensuring new policies meet needs of road users across the UK.
The Department for Transport (DfT) will host a Bikeability Summit next year, encouraging businesses to promote the use of cycling and walking schemes to their employees.
Jesse Norman, Cycling and Walking Minister, said: “Greater road safety – and especially the protection of vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders – is essential.
“We want to improve air quality, encourage healthy exercise, reduce obesity and boost our high streets and economic productivity.
“That means more support for cycling and walking, and that’s why these new measures are designed to deliver.”
The government has compiled the action plan from a consultation that saw more than 14,000 people give their feedback.
This included representatives from Brake, Cycling UK, Living Streets and the British Horse Society, all of whom responded to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Safety Review call for evidence.