1000 signature cycling petition goes to Parliament

May 18, 2007 3:04 PM

David Howarth, MP for Cambridge, has today presented a 1190 signature petition to Parliament against proposed changes to the Highway Code.

Mr Howarth has backed the Cambridge Cycle Campaign in opposing alterations to the Highway Code which would force cyclists to use substandard and sometimes dangerous 'cycle facilities'.

Mr Howarth commented:

"People from all over the country have signed this petition opposing the planned changes to the Highway Code. It is time that the Government listened to cyclists' concerns and deleted these provisions."

David Howarth MP in the House of CommonsThe new Highway Code, unless defeated in the House of Commons, will require cyclists to use cycle facilities 'wherever possible', irrespective of whether they are unsafe or unsuitable for the conditions. Cyclists are concerned that this provision will lead to an increase in contributory negligence claims by insurers. The proposals will also force cyclists to cycle on the outside of roundabouts, placing them in a dangerous position in relation to cars.

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