Speed limit campaign to protect cyclists as Tour begins
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.