New Study Shows Driving Instructors Want ‘Awareness for Cyclists’ Module on UK Driving Test

A new survey has revealed that 75 per cent of driving instructors believe there should be an ‘awareness for cyclists’ module in the UK driving test.

CEO of Red driving school Ian McIntoch, who carried out the study, said, “With more people taking to their bikes as a result of the ‘Bradley Wiggins effect’ since the Olympics, it’s likely that road accidents could increase. Now, more than ever, we need to crack down on careless, dangerous driving, focusing on education and training to improve road safety.”

A new survey has revealed that 75 per cent of driving instructors believe there should be an ‘awareness for cyclists’ module in the UK driving test.

CEO of Red driving school Ian McIntoch, who carried out the study, said, “With more people taking to their bikes as a result of the ‘Bradley Wiggins effect’ since the Olympics, it’s likely that road accidents could increase. Now, more than ever, we need to crack down on careless, dangerous driving, focusing on education and training to improve road safety.”

The study also showed that 88 per cent of the 600 instructors that were surveys believed that cyclists should complete some form of training if they want to join drivers on the roads. 

“The Government should reintroduce cycling proficiency in schools or at least facilitate partnerships between schools and The National Standards for Cycle Training, which was established as a unified cycle training program to promote road safety,” McIntosh added.

Martin Gibbs, British Cycling’s Policy and Legal Affairs Directed also commented on the study: “We want to see learner drivers educated to see cyclists as legitimate road users who have a right to be treated with respect and consideration. We are also calling for drivers to learn safe overtaking manoeuvres.”

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