Safety plea: Paralympian cyclist Dame Sarah Storey
Britain’s most successful Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, today said learner drivers should be forced to have cycle training to improve road safety.
The 11-time gold-winning cyclist, 38, told the Standard that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency should look at making new drivers undertake cycle training as part of gaining their licence.
She said helping drivers in cities like London “learn what it’s like to be a cyclist on busy roads” would cut accidents and reduce the “animosity” between some cyclists and motorists.
“I do remember not really covering cycling when I learnt to drive and I hope it has improved since then, but I think we need to have a section on cyclists,” she said.
“If you are fit and healthy you should go out on a bike and actually get a sense of understanding what it’s like to ride a road in traffic.