Wednesday, July 5th 2017 at 11:04AM BST
Giving priority to cyclists and pedestrians over turning traffic could reduce traffic queues as well as improving road safety according to British Cycling. Supported by new research released today, the campaign body is calling for amendments to the highway code and design regulations.
Findings from a study in East London suggest that giving priority to people walking, cycling or driving straight ahead could reduce motor traffic queue lengths by 43%, according to new research from British Cycling today.
The research, commissioned by British Cycling and undertaken by transport planners Phil Jones Associates, also showed that the rule changes would reduce the amount of time all road users spend navigating a typical set of traffic lights with delays reduced by 23% for motor vehicles, 38% for pedestrians and 21% for cyclists.
British Cycling’s Turning the Corner campaign – launched in December 2016 – which aims to make junctions simpler, safer and more efficient was created after research by the governing body showed that the UK is one of just three countries in the world who do not have a priority rule at traffic light junctions.