The Department of Transport has announced changes to the Highway Code where cyclists and pedestrians will have greater rights on the road, where bikes will have priority over cars at a junction. The announcement will be backed up by a funding package of £338million to encourage more people to take up walking and cycling as the Government looks at making environmentally friendly forms of transport more appealing. But caller Carol was furious at the plans and rang into LBC to curse cyclists who she calls “rude” and who have attacked her while she was walking her dog.
Speaking to Iain Dale on LBC, Carol was angry at the new plans and shared the torment she has experienced with cyclists in her home of Redruth, Cornwall.
Mr Dale quipped he did not think cycling was a big issue in Redruth considering it was a hilly area.
Carol snapped: “Well I’m afraid you’re wrong, you are absolutely wrong.
“They are a complete and utter menace, they drive on the sidewalk in the village… and you see I drive a lot on very narrow main roads.
“You can find [cyclists] double-breasted, triple, and you just can’t pass them, it can take me an hour to do 10 minutes to a nearby town.
“And when I walk and drive on single track roads they are lethal.
“The other day I was walking with my dog on the usual very narrow single track roads and you’re lucky if you hear them shout at you to say get out of the way.
“My dog and I dive into the bush hoping to be to avoid being knocked down – they’re completely arrogant.”
Funding will also be used to create cycle lanes and other paths for non-drivers to safely use.
The changes will be published in the autumn as the Government moves to make “air cleaner and cities greener” with “sustainable travel choices”.
Charity Living Streets which promotes walking welcomed the news and said it would “redress the balance” of road user responsibility.
Stephen Edwards, the interim chief executive at Living Streets, said: “The Highway Code currently treats children walking to school and lorry drivers as if they are equally responsible for their own or other people’s safety. These changes will redress that balance.
“People walking cause the least road danger but are often left paying the price. Road users who have the potential to cause the greatest harm should take the greatest share of responsibility to reduce the danger they pose.
“Whether we choose to also drive or cycle, we are all pedestrians. These proposed revisions will benefit us all.”