Cycling Safety - Transport Committee Contents

6  Conclusion

63. It is too soon to know whether the fall in cycling casualties in 2013 represents the start of a long-term reduction in the numbers of cyclists killed or seriously injured on our roads. We hope that this is the case, but do not think there is any cause for the Government to be complacent. As we stated in 2012, a cross-departmental effort is required to improve safety for cyclists. We remain concerned that, despite the warm words of the Prime Minister, this coordinated working has not yet materialised.

64. There is also limited evidence of a widespread culture that is supportive of cyclists as road users. Progress in developing this culture will inevitably vary across different areas of the country, reflecting local road use and support for cycling, but there remains a role of the Government in enabling this culture to flourish and making it easier for local authorities to introduce cycle safety measures. Above all, it is for the Government, and regional and local authorities, to use all the tools at their disposal to promote the sharing of the road between drivers and cyclists.

65. Making the roads safe for cyclists requires adherence to the rules of those roads, from both cyclists and drivers, and the development of a mutual respect between the two. Improving cycling infrastructure can help to improve this behaviour and culture; and we call on the Department to show leadership in this area, in particular through the development of consistent design standards for local areas and guidance on how local authorities can design roads safe for cyclists and pedestrians, while still reflecting local need and circumstance. It is the duty of Government ministers to ensure that all government policies reflect the fundamental understanding of cycling as a valid form of transport, and promotes the safety of all road users.

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