Several constituents contacted me before the General Election was called about the Turning the Corner Campaign and I took up their concerns with the Ministers at the Department for Transport.  

I received a reply from Departmental officials which read:

Britain has some of the safest roads in the world.  We are determined to keep all road users safe, including cyclists and pedestrians, so we would need to be convinced that safety and accessibility would be maintained or enhanced if there was a change.

The Department for Transport is currently considering British Cycling's proposal and are consulting with relevant colleagues and stakeholders, particularly those involved with pedestrian safety and disability groups.  We will consider their proposal fully and make our position public after full review and consideration.

I can assure you that the Government is fully committed to creating a safe environment for all road users, and in particular vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. As a keen cyclist myself I can fully understand the need for this.

A revised Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) came into force in April 2016, which contains a number of measures designed to improve the safety of cyclists on the road, including low level cycle signals, a new type of crossing, and changes to advanced stop lines. TSRGD also includes changes that make it easier for local authorities to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential areas.

The Department for Transport is also working on wider cyclist safety in other ways, including changes to vehicle design, publicity, campaigns, as well as optional training for cyclists and mandatory training for HGV drivers. For example, the THINK! campaign has been developed after statistics showed that last year a fifth of crashes where cyclists were killed involved HGVs. You can read more about the campaign here: http://think.direct.gov.uk/cycling.html

We are also committed to increasing the number of people cycling in several ways: 

  • We will continue to support local authorities to expand cycle networks and upgrade facilities for cyclists at railway stations.

  • We are encouraging businesses to enable people to cycle more - organisations can apply for a share of up to £470,000 for proposals to encourage people to make more journeys by bike or on foot.

  • The Department for Transport's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy has made over £1 billion of funding available to local bodies that may be invested in cycling and walking over the next five years.