Safety on the roads: Motoring and cyclists

For drivers, cyclists are a part of life. Driving with them however is not always the easiest of things to do. They are smaller and in some cases a little faster. They zip in and out of heavy traffic, but it’s so easy to accidentally miss them as one is puling out into a road.

There is to be a huge cash injection into cycling and it’s safety. There will also be a nationwide campaign to get more cyclists out there on the road. How this will affect motorists is something that we will only be able to tell in time.

The Prime Minister has revealed plans to make roads safer for those on two wheels. A select few cities in England will receive these Government grants. There will be a grand total of £78 million put into these new plans. This amount will be split between Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich.

There will also be a share for the New Forest, the Peak District, South Downs and Dartmoor. There have been local contributions so the total amount spent will tally up to around £148 million between now and 2015.

It’s no surprise that cycling has become so popular. There has been a real surge in interest since Bradley Wiggin’s win at 2012′s summer Olympic games. But just how will this vast amount of money be spent? The actual plans for the spending have not been unveiled yet. However we can expect to see many more prominent cycle lanes crop up in and around town. We could see the laws change a little too encouraging more cyclists on the road.

Prime Minister David Cameron had the following to say about the plans “Following Team GB’s success in the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Tour de France, British cycling is riding high. But now we want to see cycling soar in this country…Our athletes have shown that they are among the best in the world and we shall build on that. We want to take our cycling success beyond the sports arena and right onto the roads. This new cycling revolution which will remove the barriers for a new generation of cyclists.”

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