On Ride2Work day it’s probably worth having a chat about a proposal from Pedal Power, who would like the national road rules changed to:
“place the responsibility for a crash involving a bicycle and another vehicle on the driver of the other vehicle, unless the driver can prove that the person on the bicycle was clearly at fault – so that the person in the most dangerous vehicle has the most responsibility”
That claim forms a small part of their submission to the Vulnerable Road Users Inquiry. You can read Pedal Power’s full 36 page document here.
Despite a bit of “steel cocoon” rhetoric there’s some decent points being made. The Riot Act even gets a mention!
Of course, most motorist v cyclist problems could be solved if more road users, regardless of their mode of transport, were prepared to chill a little and act with a greater sense of calm and cooperation.