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‘We need less cars and more incentives’ Readers share their thoughts on whether cyclists should have insurance

A cyclist in Cambridge If you’re a local to the city or have visited multiple times, then we’re sure you’ve crossed paths with a cyclist…

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A cyclist in Cambridge If you’re a local to the city or have visited multiple times, then we’re sure you’ve crossed paths with a cyclist or two. Last year, Cambridge was crowned the UK’s city cycling hotspot – which is no surprise when many commuters choose to cycle to work instead of driving.

The Highway Code was updated back in January with the aim to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians and give more responsibility to drivers of larger vehicles. It comes after data from the Department for Transport revealed that bicycle traffic has increased by 96% between 2004 and 2020.

As a cyclist-heavy city, we asked our readers whether they think cyclists should be required to have insurance to ride on the roads. We had a variety of responses from our readers on the topic.

Read more: Should cyclists be required to have insurance on the road?

A large proportion of our readers agreed cyclists should be required to have insurance. User Britishbrian said: "Yes they should. My car was scratched badly a few years ago when a cyclist cut across in front of me without first looking over his shoulder or signalling with his arm.

He added: "I was shocked, but police not interested when I went to Parkside to report an accident. Insurance and an identification plate on bikes like motorcycles."

Liveincrete said: "Cyclists should be required to have insurance especially as there are now many electric ones which are faster and more dangerous and also we need to clamp […]

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