Mark Cavendish Calls for Introduction of European Laws to Protect Cyclists

British cycling road race world champion, Mark Cavendish has called on ministers to consider introducing European laws to protect cyclists.

Cavendish, who is looking to bag gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic games, said that if drivers knew they would face harsh penalties for knocking down cyclists, they would pay more attention when they were behind the wheel, and cycling safety would improve. 

British cycling road race world champion, Mark Cavendish has called on ministers to consider introducing European laws to protect cyclists.

Cavendish, who is looking to bag gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic games, said that if drivers knew they would face harsh penalties for knocking down cyclists, they would pay more attention when they were behind the wheel, and cycling safety would improve. 

The cyclist pin-pointed the Netherlands and Belgium as examples where there is a presumption of liability against drivers involved in crashes with cyclists. 

“In Holland and Belgium the actual law is if the driver of a motorised vehicle has an accident with a cyclist, unless the driver can actively prove it was the cyclist’s fault it is the driver’s fault. There is an assumption of guilt on the driver,” he told The Times.

“I would like to see it examined, for sure. Cyclists can be in the wrong a lot of the time. They have got to ride within the law … but if people know there is a problem if they hit a cyclist they will look more, they have to be more aware of cyclists.”

Supporters of Cavendish say that the introduction of new laws could be a big step forward regarding cycling safety, as currently casualty statistics are much higher here than in mainland Europe. 

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