Is a safer Highway Code for cycling and walking possible?

Cycling UK thinks it is time to give way. CUK have been closely involved in pre-consultation on proposed changes to the Highway Code that would make cycling and walking safer, including:

  • the introduction of either a ‘hierarchy of users’ or ‘hierarchy of responsibility’, recognising that road users that pose greater risks to others should have a higher level of responsibility,
  • a new rule tackling ‘left hook’ collisions, giving priority to whoever is going straight ahead at an unsignalised junction (this short video explains how it would work),
  • new rules to address dangerous overtaking and ‘close passes’, with a guideline minimum safe passing distance of 1.5m at 30mph, 2m at higher speeds.

​These are three of 10 key changes that, if adopted, will make our roads significantly safer for cycling, and walking. It’s vital that these changes make it into The Highway Code, which is why we need your help.


CUK are encouraging people to write to DoT and to choose two others which are most important to you

Answer a few quick questions and then you’ll be taken to an editable email that you can send to the Department for Transport.

You can see the full consultation documents and answer all of the consultation questions on the Department for Transport website.

Cycling UK have summarised 10 key changes here.