As the Tour of Britain cycle race reaches its midway point, driving instructors are calling for a module on awareness of cyclists to become part of the UK driving test.
Research found that 75 per cent of driving instructors believe that learner drivers should be taught to be more aware of cyclists. This follows the latest Department for Transport statistics, which reveal that cyclist casualties increased by 10 per cent in the first quarter of 2012.
Ian McIntosh, CEO of Red Driving School, which carried out the study, said: “With more people taking to their bikes as a result of the ‘Bradley Wiggins effect’ since the Olympics, it’s likely that road accidents could increase. Now, more than ever, we need to crack down on careless, dangerous driving, focusing on education and training to improve road safety.”
The study also revealed that 88 per cent of the 600 instrutors in the survey believe cyclists should complete some form of training. “The Government should reintroduce cycling proficiency in schools or at least facilitate partnerships between schools and The National Standards for Cycle Training, which was established as a unified cycle training program to promote road safety,” said McIntosh.
Commenting on the findings, Martin Gibbs, British Cycling’s Policy and Legal Affairs Director, said: “We want to see learner drivers educated to see cyclists as legitimate road users who have a right to be treated with respect and consideration. We are also calling for drivers to learn safe overtaking manoeuvres.
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