[Talk-GB] OT: Rights to cycle on the road are in jeopardy! (Sign the e-Petition)

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 10:09:18 BST 2007


Forwarded message from CTC below.

Your right to ride on the road is in jeopardy.
*The revised Highway Code says cyclists should "use cycle facilities
where possible" The implications of this are too bad to contemplate.
First we will suffer more abuse and intimidating driving, as recently
suffered by a local CTC member. Second, if a cyclist is involved in an
accident and tries to claim damages, the insurance companies are likely
to argue that the rider contributed to the accident by not using the
cycle facility.

The Highway Code has been laid before parliament. It will
automatically be approved unless it is referred to a House of Commons
Committee which cannot amend it and can only recommend the whole
document be rejected. It will take an unprecedented amount of adverse
publicity to persuade the government to reject the Highway Code in its
entirety.

The CTC HQ Campaign team are working hard to find some way of achieving this
and will obviously require national support.
Meanwhile HQ says it will do no harm to support the petition which is at
http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/roads4bikes/
<http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/roads4bikes/>

It is interesting to note that 35 MP's objected to the original revised
wording. Unfortunately, the replacement wording is no better.

Only 11,000 objections were received to the previous wording. There are
over 50, 000 in the CTC alone who should now be objecting.

f this Highway Code is approved by government cyclists will effectively
lose the right to ride on the road where there are alternative routes or
adjacent facilities.

Please register your name on the petition and persuade others to do the
same.

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