Cycling post-lockdown: Rules of the road
Cycling is becoming the new-normal in the world of commuting, and coronavirus is to thank. But, for this wave of new cyclists, how strong is their knowledge of the Highway Code now they’re on two wheels?
There’s no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in a multitude of ways – but one way we could never have predicted was a surge of interest in cycling. From cycling being highlighted as one of three approved forms of exercise during lockdown, to a Government push on daily commutes to be done on two wheels, it’s fair to say there’s been quite a spike in the number of people exploring their options. In fact, bicycle retailer Halfords has reported a growth in shares of 24% following the PM’s recommendation to cycle to work, a number that continues to grow.
SO, WHY DO WE NEED TO KNOW THE RULES OF CYCLING?
With more bums on bicycle seats as people take up the sport as an excuse to get outside during lockdown, or to avoid the risk of the virus spreading via public transport, we can expect to see more bikes out on the roads as we ease out of lockdown.
This is a potential issue for a few reasons, though. While the Highway Code is tested for car drivers, no test is required to if we want to pick up a bike and get cycling. This, in turn, could mean a high number of new cyclists who have little knowledge of their rights on the road.
Not only that, but many of these new cyclists will have enjoyed travelling on previously very empty streets in the midst of lockdown. How will they fare when moved to busy roads and faced with congested junctions, and how will drivers cope with more people on the roads?
COULD WE SEE AN INCREASE IN ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS?
With inexperienced cyclists, we’re likely to see a rise in road traffic accidents, sadly. We already see huge numbers of road traffic accidents involving cyclists, where both the cyclist and car user have been at fault.
Recently, we settled a claim for cyclist, Pat from Bootle. While cycling home from work, he suffered a collision from a car who hit him due to the driver failing to give way to him as he travelled straight across a roundabout. Sadly, he suffered a fractured skull, dislocated right shoulder, broken ribs, fractured collar bone and skin abrasions. Fortunately he made a fantastic recovery and was fully healed within 2 years of the accident.
Following a court case, we settled his claim for £25,000. This covered his costs for physiotherapy post-accident, as well as for his bike plus further compensation for damages.
DO YOU KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD?
While many of us should, hopefully, be very aware of the Highway Code for drivers, just how good is our knowledge of the rules for the road as a cyclist?
With conflating public opinion on cycling issues like, can you cycle on the pavement, do you legally have to wear a helmet and more, we’re putting the question to the public – give it a go and let us know how you get on…