New powers to protect cycle lanes from drivers

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Perhaps the most significant answer at Transport Questions in parliament recently was in response to a question from Lloyd Russell-Moyle who asked if the Government would activate the Traffic Management Act 2004 (part 6) so that local authorities in England don’t have to rely on the police to enforce against drivers who drive in mandatory cycle lanes, encroach on advanced stop lines, or flout school streets restrictions. In response, Grant Shapps MP agreed to do just that.

Cycling organisations have been campaigning on this since 2004 so the decision is long overdue.

In other news, cyclists are enjoying the benefits of low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) but not without criticism from the driver lobby.The road blocks – or modal filters as they are also called – that create LTNs have long been used in The Netherlands and other countries that actively promote walking and cycling. Here in Britain, their widespread and rapid installation has been prompted by the need to provide alternatives to public transport following Covid-19 restrictions and a desperate need to reduce traffic levels – especially given the link between coronavirus deaths and air pollution.

Protect your bicycle

One cycle insurance policy appears much like another, but the devil is the detail. How much excess you will be charged is just one of the things that varies between providers. Another is so-called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use this term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.

ETA cycle insurance has a low excess and offers new-for-old for life – however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. And every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future.

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