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Road wars

Conflict between cyclists and motorists continues as we wait for legislation that will provide clarity to this confusing area of law, says Adrian Mason

9 June 2015

Cycling has enjoyed an explosion of popularity in recent years. Fuel costs and a more health-conscious population has led
to a dramatic increase in those prepared to give up the comfort of their cars and put on cycling gear instead. It is not just for commuting either. Such has been the enthusiasm for the two-wheeled form of transport that it has encouraged many
of us to ride purely for fun. Cycling, though, has brought conflict with traditional road users.

So, where does the law fit
in with this? The press is littered with reports about the ‘antics’
of cyclists towards motorists
or vice versa. You would be forgiven for thinking there is a ‘war’ going on out on our roads. Well, to some extent, there is: conflict prevails, abuse is rife, and misunderstandings abound. As a cyclist myself, I am only too aware of the constant abuse given to cyclists by motorists...

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