Speed limit cam­paign to pro­tect cy­clists as Tour be­gins

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

AS the Tour de France be­gins, the road safety char­ity Brake has re­newed calls for driv­ers and au­thor­i­ties across the UK to en­able more peo­ple to en­joy cycling with­out fear or threat to their safety.

Brake, along­side the GO 20 cam­paign is call­ing for 20mph lim­its to be­come the norm in built-up ar­eas, so peo­ple can cy­cle and walk with­out feel­ing en­dan­gered. The cam­paign also ap­peals to driv­ers to GO 20 or be­low around homes, schools and shops to pro­tect cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

Re­cent Govern­ment statis­tics show 118 cy­clists were killed and 3,222 se­ri­ously in­jured last year, mark­ing the third year in a row when cy­clist deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries have risen. While this is at least partly down to a rise in cycling, Brake is call­ing for ac­tion to en­able more peo­ple to cy­cle with­out risk­ing in­jury.

Julie Townsend at Brake, said: “As ex­cite­ment builds around the Tour de France, no doubt it will in­spire more peo­ple to take to their bikes to com­mute, ex­er­cise, or en­joy the coun­try­side. But it re­mains the case that fast traf­fic and in­ad­e­quate safe routes have a ma­jor im­pact on peo­ple’s abil­ity to choose and en­joy cycling.

“While good progress is be­ing made in some ar­eas, we have a long way to go be­fore the UK’s streets and com­mu­ni­ties are cy­clist­friendly.”

As world-class cy­clists com­pete for the yel­low jersey, Brake is high­light­ing that slower traf­fic speeds, along­side more seg­re­gated and traf­fic-free paths, would help more com­mu­ni­ties to get ac­tive – by help­ing to over­come a ma­jor bar­rier that pre­vents many adults and chil­dren fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of the Tour de France rid­ers and get­ting on their bikes.

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