Motorists could face having to crawl behind bikes on some city roads – if a government proposal gets the go-ahead.
“Cycle streets” with a speed limit of 15mph would also see motorists being given three points on their licence plus a £100 fixed-penalty fine if they overtook cyclists, according to a report in The Guardian.
The bike priority streets would be trialled in places committed to encouraging cycling, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford and Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as those that took government money for the scheme.
The proposal – backed by transport minister Robert Goodwill – is part of a number of recommendations forming a review of traffic signs that are aimed at making streets safer, and which have been given a cautious welcome by British Cycling – the national governing body for cycling. They also include allowing cycle filter signals, wider cycle lane markings, new shared-use cycle and zebra crossings, plus new road markings to help show cycle routes through junctions.
Despite the “cycle streets”, cars would still dominate most roads, said The Guardian, as the policy is only being suggested for “lightly trafficked roads where cycle flows are high” as well as some cities.
We still need the leadership to ensure these designs make it on to our roads, and it must be backed by a long- term budget-line.
British Cycling policy adviser Chris Boardman said: “We still need the leadership to ensure these designs make it on to our roads, and it must be backed by a long- term budget-line. Only then can we say that the Prime Minister’s ambition of creating a ‘cycling revolution’ can be achieved.”
Consultation on the draft measures is open until Thursday June 12.