New book aimed at cyclists published by the Automobile Association is 'welcomed' by British Cycling

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The Automobile Association has published a Cyclist’s Highway Code: Essential Rules of the Road, which the organisation says is “designed as a companion guide for cyclists and parents of children learning to ride safely”.

The book – touted to be the first of its kind for cyclists – includes sections on buying and looking after a bike, learning to ride, and the Highway Code rules relating to cyclists and cycling on British roads.

Former world and Olympic champion, now British Cycling policy adviser, Chris Boardman was involved in the publication of the book.

“The bicycle is such a simple tool, but one which can improve your health, reduce congestion and make our towns and cities more liveable,” said Boardman. “British Cycling welcomes the AA Cyclist’s Highway Code as it should encourage new cyclists and help parents get their children into cycling.”


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According to the AA, a recent survey undertaken by the organisation found that 21 per cent of its members cycle regularly.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “Cyclists and drivers are often the same people and the Highway Code is important whether you are on two wheels or four.”

The AA Cyclist’s Highway Code is available now for £4.99.

  • Stevo

    Peds and motorists would benefit as much as cyclists from wearing helmets.

  • Stevo

    If passing is dangerous you shouldn’t be doing it. Full stop.

    When are they going to release a special-needs Highway Code for those who somehow managed to get a driving licence but have no common sense, sense of resonsibiity or awareness of the fact that sitting in a vehicle doesn’t make you more important than other road users?

  • Gary Jogela

    No matter how much training a horse rider has had,you can’t really replicate in training the scenario where someone can’t wait to overtake the horse and rider because it might have wasted five seconds of the motorist’s day (a bit like when you are out on the bike).
    I think in Stephen’s case its self centredness

  • tmorgs

    exactly.. focus on preventing an accident rather than focussing on what you wear or don’t wear to protect you when there is one!

  • J1

    You clearly don’t know anything about riding on the road.

  • walker442

    If you find overtaking 2 cyclists ‘difficult and dangerous’ then you’re not fit to be driving on the road.

    Please stop immediately and take more driving lessons.

  • CyberTonTo72

    You mean the video that was made by this web site and Cycling SOS? Or if there another one that I’ve yet to see?

  • Michael Hartley

    Who says horse riders dont have training or insurance? Rather a sweeping statement.
    Which is safer or even better.10 riders in a single line or 10 riders doubled making the size of a large car?
    The highway code covers horses as well as wheel users. I reckon there are a lot of drivers out there who last read the highway code on the morning of their driving test.

  • Stephen Jones

    One rule and one rule only, don’t ride double as it makes passing both difficult and dangerous. I also want to know when are they going to release a highway code book for all the idiots who insist on riding huge frightened animals on roads, with no insurance and very little training?

  • Marc Jackson

    burkthebike, who cares what they’re wearing. The message is about improving cycling standards, not once did I look at the Highway Code and take offence with what the person was wearing or driving and then dismiss it.

  • burttthebike

    Either you are a troll or totally ignorant about helmets. Helmet wearing is not associated with reduced risk and some research shows an increase in risk with helmet wearing. The only proven effect of helmet laws and propaganda is to reduce the number of cyclists. cyclehelmets.org

  • ridein

    “doesn’t promote helmets” , How does a book promoting fellow cyclist safety affect you in negative way?

  • burttthebike

    While the advice is mostly good, every cyclist in the video is wearing a helmet and lycra and riding a road bike, hardly representative of the people they say the book is aimed at “designed as a companion guide for cyclists and parents of children learning to ride safely”. I wonder why the AA went to British Cycling, mainly interested in sport, instead of Cycling UK, which has much broader interests, including commuting and family cycling. I do hope the book is much more balanced than the video and doesn’t promote helmets.

    I am concerned at the use in the title of the words “Highway Code” which might cause confusion with the real Highway Code, and I’m a bit surprised at Chris Boardman being involved with something quite so helmet obsessed.