Consultation on proposed changes to the Highway Code affecting walkers

Currently, the government is reviewing the Highway Code because it considers it to be no longer fit for purpose.  Members of the public can participate in this review by visiting the URL below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-the-highway-code-to-improve-road-safety-for-cyclists-pedestrians-and-horse-riders

This is the government summary which sets out the purpose of the exercise:

If you consider anti-social behaviour by cyclists to be a problem on rail trails, this is the opportunity for our members to have their say.  On water, steam gives way to sail, which provides a precedent in terms of showing respect to the most vulnerable users.

Sustrans will pursue the same line as us.  The charity’s recent survey of the National Cycle Network found that more pedestrians than cyclists used the routes (ca. 55% to 45%), which reinforced its commitment to providing ‘paths for everyone’.  This is clearly stated at the following URL:

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/national-cycle-network

One sign of Sustrans’ position is the increasing appearance of its ‘Share the path’ message painted on to the surface of its routes.  These signs are far longer-lasting than signs, which can be vandalised, destroyed or removed.