The new AA Cyclist’s Highway Code has been designed as a companion guide for cyclists and parents of children learning to ride safely
Last month the Road Safety Minister, Andrew Jones MP, told the House of Commons; “There were no plans to publish a cycling specific excerpt of the Highway Code.”*
AA Publishing already had those plans and has published AA’s Cyclist’s Highway Code (£4.99 from bookshops and online)
The AA has been involved in cycling since our foundation in 1905, from our first patrols using cycles to assist our members to our recent award-winning Think Bikes sticker campaign.
A recent AA-Populus Survey revealed that 21% of AA members cycle, with one in ten saying they cycle between one and five miles each week. The AA therefore felt it was appropriate for cyclists to have their own Highway Code – the AA Cyclist’s Highway Code.
The new AA Cyclist’s Highway Code has been designed as a companion guide for cyclists and parents of children learning to ride safely.
The training section tests your cycling knowledge and features the full syllabus for the national Bikeability course.
For new cyclists there is an excellent section on choosing, setting up and maintaining your bicycle.
Carlton Reid, cycling expert and Executive editor of BikeBiz magazine said, ‘I welcome the AA’s Cyclist’s Highway Code. It is practical, timely and useful – and it’s also an indication that more and more people are taking up cycling, for transport, for leisure, and most definitely for pleasure.’
The AA works closely with former Olympic champion and British Cycling policy adviser Chris Boardman and the AA was one of the first businesses to sign up to the #ChooseCycling network which highlights the role cycling can play in helping businesses thrive by encouraging people to live healthier lives.
The Cyclist's Highway Code includes sections on:
British Cycling welcomes the AA Cyclist’s Highway Code as it should encourage new cyclists and help parents get their children into cycling
Chris Boardman, Olympic cyclist
Chris Boardman said in relation to this book: “The bicycle is such a simple tool, but one which can improve your health, reduce congestion and make our towns and cities more liveable. British Cycling welcomes the AA Cyclist’s Highway Code as it should encourage new cyclists and help parents get their children into cycling.”
Edmund King, AA president, said: “Cyclists and drivers are often the same people and the Highway Code is important whether you are on two wheels or four.
Cyclists and drivers are often the same people and the Highway Code is important whether you are on two wheels or four
Edmund King OBE, AA president
“I am grateful to cycling expert Carlton Reid, executive editor of BikeBiz magazine, who has helped to check this publication in terms of good advice and accuracy. As a keen cyclist and father of three cycling children, I would urge you to check out this book.
Today more than one fifth of AA members regularly cycle and this guide will encourage a new generation to join them.”
The AA believes that a guide is necessary to assist cyclists and parents to stay safe on the roads of Great Britain.
Cyclists and drivers are often the same people
(6 June 2016)
*Question (Michelle Donelan): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a bicycle highway code.
Answer (Andrew Jones): Sections 59 – 82 of the Highway Code cover 'Rules for Cyclists' which includes sections on road junctions, roundabouts and crossing the road. In addition Annex 1 of the code 'You and your bike' covers information and rules about you and using your bicycle on the road. There are no plans to publish a cycling specific excerpt of the Highway Code. To help cyclists further, the Department is providing £50 million over the next four years to support Bikeability cycle training in schools in England (outside London). This funding will help to increase children's road awareness, encourage active travel and improve future motorists’ empathy for more vulnerable road users.