New research has found that just 18% of UK cyclists believe last year’s Highway Code changes have made a positive difference to road safety.
The poll by cycling insurance specialist Cycleplan asked 1,000 regular UK cyclists for their views on the changes and how they have been implemented. Just over half (52%) of respondents were aware that the changes had even been introduced, a similar figure to when the insurer carried out a similar poll in early 2022.
When asked whether they had noticed a difference in road safety at junctions over the last 12 months, only 18% of cyclists said that they felt safer. Around one in 10 (12%) said that junctions have felt more dangerous, while a further 70% said they hadn’t noticed a difference at all.
Just one-fifth of the cyclists polled said they feel safe cycling on UK roads, while 32% have had, or nearly had, an accident in the last 12 months. Furthermore, when asked whether they feel that cycling safety is taken seriously enough by legislative bodies, one in 10 agreed that the UK Government makes this a priority, with 12% agreeing that their local council takes cycling safety seriously.
The Highway Code changes were introduced on 29 th January 2022. In a YouGov poll carried out in January on behalf of Cycling UK, 25% of British adults asked were not aware of the changes to the Highway Code. Of those who were aware of the changes, 28% were able to correctly answer the question “how much […]
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