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December 16th 2021

Road Traffic Accidents

How ‘Dutch Reach’ could save us cyclists’ lives

Tracy Stansfield

Tracy Stansfield

Associate, Travel

How ‘Dutch Reach’ could save us cyclists’ lives

As a bike rider I fully welcome the changes to the Highway Code which make cyclists second only to pedestrians in the new hierarchy of road users.

As a bike rider I fully welcome the changes to the Highway Code which make cyclists second only to pedestrians in the new hierarchy of road users.

These new laws give priority to cyclists traveling straight ahead at junctions and require motorists to leave two meters of space when overtaking.

There is also the introduction of a new requirement for drivers and passengers: to use their hand furthest from the door when opening it.

This is known as ‘Dutch Reach’, it’s a simple technique and in doing so you automatically turn your body, helping you spot approaching cyclists.

By using the opposite hand, you’re also less likely to swing the door open widely, further reducing the risk of ‘car dooring’ us.

But Dutch Reach needs to become a habit of all drivers and until that happens the same risks remain of serious injuries happening.

As a cyclist I am acutely aware of the dangers we all face when we take to the road, I also fully understand the importance of supporting cyclists when they have been involved in an accident.

Hudgell Solicitors’ operational hubs are based in Hull and Manchester and we are proud of these cities’ steps to make the safety of cyclists a priority by investing cycle routes to make it a safer activity.

But our work brings us into contact with cyclists who have suffered injury, from minor incidents to serious, life-threatening or even fatal situations.

We have extensive knowledge of the most common dangers cyclists face, and a solid understanding of what needs to be done to encourage more to get on a bike with confidence.

As a company passionate about preventing injuries, we have viewed latest figures on cycling casualty numbers with increasing concern, as the number of pedal cyclist fatalities in 2020 was 141, a rise of 41% on the previous year.

With 4,125 serious injury and 16,294 slight injury accidents reported involving cyclists last year, set against an increase in pedal cycle traffic of 46%, it is clear a continued campaign is required to ensure promised investment into cycle routes and safety are fulfilled.

More also needs to be done to keep cyclists safe and supported legally when things go wrong.

We feel it is time for a renewed consultation on a system of Presumed Liability, which would hopefully give cyclists further protection and swifter access to justice for the most vulnerable road users.

 

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