Institute says the 'us and them' culture must be avoided

IAM: ‘Training and mutual respect will boost cyclist safety’

The Institute of Advanced Motorists believes that ‘real world’ training, more mutual respect and the creation of further cycle lanes will all boost cyclist safety on UK roads.

Commenting on May’s Public Account Committee report – titled Improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists in Great Britain – the IAM supported its called for ‘joined-up’ government and improved accident recording.

The Institute added that safety campaigns need to be aimed at drivers and avoid cultivating the ‘us and them’ culture.

“Many drivers already own a bike but don’t use it very often,” said the IAM’s director of policy and research Neil Greig. “To improve road safety we need to raise rider confidence and awareness in heavy traffic, using cycle training and defensive riding techniques. Many cyclists do break the rules and a clarification would be useful, but a heavy handed approach is likely to put people off cycling.

“The IAM does not support the blanket imposition of 20mph speed limits. Instead good environmental design and high quality traffic calming ‘build in’ road safety. More cycle lanes on high speed roads should also be provided.”

Grieg added: “We welcome the report’s findings on joined up government and better accident recording but IAM research shows that campaigns should be targeted at drivers rather than creating an ‘us and them’ approach on our roads. Motorists who also cycle appear to understand the needs of other road users so increasing their numbers is the key to future success.”

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