Autumn Highway Code changes: walking and cycling to be prioritised

July 30, 2021 by

As part of a revision to the Highway Code later this year, walking and cycling will have a higher priority on the road

  • Highway Code changes inbound
  • Sees more priorities for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Changes coming in autumn
  • £338 million package to encourage cycling and walking

Pedestrians and cyclists are set to be prioritised in a raft of changes coming to the Highway Code later this year.

Due to arrive in the autumn, the new guidance will give cyclists priority when cycling straight ahead at junctions.

A the same time, pedestrians will also have a higher priority when crossing the road. Currently, motorists only need to give way once a pedestrian has stepped onto a zebra crossing or if they are already crossing when turning into a road at a junction.

Pedestrians are currently also told they should not start crossing until vehicles on the road have stopped. It’s likely these will see a heavy revision when the Highway Code changes come in autumn.

It comes as a new hierarchy of road users will be established, with ‘the greatest responsibility’ to be put onto ‘road users who can do the greatest harm’.

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, said: “Millions of us have found over the past year how cycling and walking are great ways to stay fit, ease congestion on the roads and do your bit for the environment. As we build back greener from the pandemic, we’re determined to keep that trend going by making active travel easier and safer for everyone.”

Along with the Highway Code changes, a £338 million package to improve cycle lanes and pedestrian footpaths has been made available in a bid to encourage cycling and walking.

According to the Department for Transport, cycling rose by 45.7% last year alone — said to be more than the previous 20 years put together.

Want to keep up to date with the latest news?

Sign up for the carwow newsletter by entering your email address below to receive regular updates featuring our latest videos, reviews, news stories and blog posts from across the world of cars. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time.

By clicking the submit button you agree to our T&Cs and confirm you have read our Privacy Policy.