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Driving instructors keen to increase safety for cyclists

Posted 10 September 2012
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Driving instructors keen to increase safety for cyclists
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A firm of driving instructors is keen to see better safety measures brought in to protect Britain's cyclists.

Driving school Red said it would like to see bike awareness become a part of the practical driving test for motorists in a bid to protect all road users.

It comes at a time when many more people in the UK are likely to be taking to the saddle as a result of the Olympic Games, with Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton both helping to raise the profile of cycling to stratospheric levels.

The government's continued drive to improve fitness levels may also provide encouragement for people to don their cycling gear and get out and about.

However, Red states that to avoid injuries on the roads, it should be necessary for a separate module to be included in the driving test, with 75 per cent of instructors polled saying they think this would be a good idea.

Some 88 per cent of instructors also said they believe cyclists should have to undertake some formal training before taking to the roads, showing most people seem to consider safety as working both ways.

"Now, more than ever, we need to crack down on careless, dangerous driving, focusing on education and training to improve road safety," said Red chief executive Ian McIntosh.

The Driving Standards Agency has so far been cautious about bringing in such a big change to the test for motorists, but it remains to see whether or not this will change.

Of course, with such a wealth of National Parks and footpaths all over Britain, it is possible for cyclists to enjoy their hobby without ever taking to the road.

Better by Bike features a host of off-road trails to try, including the Mendip Hills for people in north Somerset. Everyone from novices to experienced mountain bikers is catered for, so it could be the perfect place to get fit and enjoy the countryside.