New dangerous cycling law called for

New dangerous cycling law called for
A new law aimed at tackling dangerous cycling could be introduced following a government review.

The review will look at bringing in a law similar to causing death by dangerous driving – but for cyclists not motorists.

The review follows the death of Kim Briggs, who was killed in an accident involving cyclist Charlie Alliston.

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Mr Alliston, 20, was riding a non-road legal fixed-gear bike with no front brakes when he collided with the victim.

He was convicted under the Victorian offence of "wanton or furious driving" as no legislation was in place for such incidents.

The review has been welcomed by Mrs Briggs' widower Matthew Briggs, who says the case "highlighted a huge gap" in the law.

Following Mr Briggs' call for the new laws, including causing death by dangerous cycling, ministers will seek independent legal advice. A report will be released next year.

The government said there had been a number of high-profile incidents involving cyclists. These included the death of two pedestrians in 2015 after being hit by a bicycle.

Transport minister, Jesse Norman told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It's great that cycling has become so popular in recent years but we need to make sure that our road safety rules keep pace with this change.

"We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people's lives at risk are punished but, given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences."

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While the review will look at ways to update current legislation, it will also look at wider elements of cycle safety and cyclists’ relationship with motorists. This will include signage and public awareness.

While Mr Briggs welcomed the review, he stressed that the call for the update was not "anti-cycling".

"With the increase in the number of cyclists there is of course an increase in the risk that comes with it," he said.

"Just because what happened to Kim is rare... it doesn't mean there shouldn't be a remedy in law. If I can get something good to come out of something so tragic, then I'll have done my job."

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