In a week in which we’ve seen a van driver sacked after forcing a cyclist off the road, a woman jailed for mowing down a cyclist and even Tour De France winner Chris Froome deliberately rammed by an impatient driver in France, there’s a feeling in the air that cycling is becoming more and more hazardous. As Froome himself put it, “If it can happen to a Tour de France winner, then no one is safe.”
Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I'm okay 🙏 Bike totaled. Driver kept going! pic.twitter.com/o7FT4iXsAo
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) May 9, 2017
So, what can be done about it?
An all-party parliamentary cycling group (https://allpartycycling.org/) has given evidence to MPs recently calling for police forces nationwide to give more resources and priority to road policing, the submission of cyclist video evidence, and greater prosecution for dangerous drivers.
In South Yorkshire, meanwhile, more than 50 separate organisations have backed demands for police to implement what’s called a ‘Close Pass’ initiative, where motorists caught passing cyclists in less than the approved 1.5 metre distance are given safety advice, with repeat offenders prosecuted.
What can cyclists do?
It seems unacceptable that dedicated cyclists – from commuters to road riders – should be forced to stop cycling due to dangerous driving. That’s why we’re urge everyone to take the best precaution they can – take out specialist cycling insurance.
Cycleplan can protect cyclists against almost every potential danger on the roads. If you’re concerned about being hit by a car or getting in an accident – our Personal Accident cover will provide compensation for broken limbs, right the way up to permanent disability or even death.
What’s more, financial compensation is also included in case you are hospitalised, require emergency dental work or need physiotherapy to fully rehabilitate you from your cycling injury.
Worried about damage to your bike from a crash? With Cycleplan’s Equipment cover, if your bike is damaged, we’ll repair or replace it up to £30,000!
While we can’t stop dangerous driving, we can at least make sure you are covered should the worst happen – giving you peace of mind to go and enjoy the roads despite the recent spate of bad news stories.
Plus, we’re currently offering an exclusive 20% discount on every policy – so why not get an instant quote now!
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