New laws for dangerous cyclists

Matthew Briggs says his family has had to create a 'new normal' after Kim Briggs' death

It is also looking at updating the Highway Code to include measures to counter the unsafe practice of "close passing", which it says puts people off cycling, and would benefit other vulnerable road users like horse riders.

Head of campaigns Duncan Dollimore said: "We need a full review - something promised by the government in 2014 - because the way the justice system deals with mistakes, carelessness, recklessness and deliberately risky behaviour by all road users hasn't been fit for objective for years".

Boardman criticised the transport department's consultation on a plan to introduce a criminal offence of causing death by unsafe or careless cycling.

It was prompted by the case of Kim Briggs, 44, who was killed by a bicycle courier in 2016.

Olympic champion and leading voice for cycling in Britain, Chris Boardman replied to the tweet firstly asking whether the tweet was from a parody account before stating "with [a] dead mother, crushed to death by a car" making him "feel genuinely sick".

"The way the justice system deals with mistakes, carelessness, recklessness and deliberately risky behaviour by all road users hasn't been fit for objective for years", said Mr Dollimore.

"When I'm on a bike, I'm a vulnerable road user", said Vine.

More is also being done to protect cyclists and pedestrians who use our roads safely, including a push for higher standards for cycling and walking infrastructure across the UK. We welcome the move by the Government to address the danger of "close passing" but encourage them to go further to improve cycle safety.

Boardman responded: "That says it all really".

Mr Boardman's mother, Carol, was killed at the age of 75 when she was run over by a pick-up truck while on a bike ride near Connah's Quay in north Wales.

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I would urge people to contribute to the consultation and of course to support the proposed changes to the law.

"In 2016 there were 1,700 road deaths; three were caused by cyclists".

After the Conservative's tweet was deleted, Mr Boardman called Mr Norman "one of the good guys".

He said: 'This public consultation is an important step towards updating the arcane laws that are now being used to prosecute cycling offences'.

The cyclist was cleared of manslaughter, but found guilty of causing bodily harm by "wanton or furious driving" - a Victorian-era law intended for drivers of horse-drawn carriages which carries a maximum sentence of two years.

The legislation, originally drafted to deal with reckless handling of horses, was used because there was no cycling equivalent to the offence of causing death by unsafe driving.

There would be an introduction of a national guidance for cycling and walking infrastructure.

He added: 'Adding one or two new offences specific to cyclists would be merely tinkering around the edges.

Cycling and Walking Minister Jesse Norman said: 'All these measures are created to support the continued growth of cycling and walking, with all the benefits they bring to our communities, economy, environment and society'.

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