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Hyndburn MP calls for improved safety for cyclists
1:08pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
GRAHAM Jones has voiced his concern over the number of cyclists injured on the roads.
The Hyndburn MP said more needs to be done to improve safety for cyclists, and for the government to address the issue.
He said: “The government should reinstate national safety targets, and ensure that a portion of the existing roads budget is ring-fenced, so there is dedicated funding to make roads safer for cyclists.
“Almost two-thirds of cyclists killed, or seriously injured, are involved in collisions at junctions, and I would therefore like all future road and major transport schemes to be assessed for their impact on cycling safety before being approved.”
Mr Jones also called for better training of road users, and for safety equipment, such as blind-spot mirrors and side protection, to be fitted on lorries.
He added: “We still lag behind when it comes to the infrastructural and cultural changes needed to make the UK a true cycling country.”
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