On Monday a delegation of politicans from Nottinghamshire will lobby Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Stephen Hammond for stricter cycle laws.

Their campaign comes in light of seven cyclist deaths in Nottinghamshire so far this year – the highest number of cyclist deaths in a single UK county.

The Notts politicians will call for all cyclists to be compelled to wear helmets and all bikes to be fitted with lights. They also want all new bike sales to include helmets, reflective clothing and lights, and they want to ban BMX bikes on public roads.

Nottingham North MP Graham Allen, who will be leading the delegation said: “These figures are just not acceptable. Cycling may be a green means of transport but steps need to be taken to ensure that cyclists are safe.”

However, the subject of Nottinghamshire cyclist deaths is far more complex than it first seems on the basis of this campaign.

Cycling Weekly’s Matt Lamy has spent the last six weeks investigating just why Nottinghamshire has seen so many riders die this year.

To read his in-depth report pick up Cycling Weekly next Thursday (November 8).

  • Carol Bannister

    I agree with the comments of all the above cyclists. Graham Allen says that cycling accident figures are unacceptable and yet does not appear to be interested in understanding the causes of incidents to cyclists nor in taking the right steps to reduce risk. In any health and safety stemys the priority is always to remove the cause of the risk – not to rely on protective clothing. Allen has not even signed Parliamentary Early Day Motion 407 which calls on the Ministry of Justice to review carefully the evidence British Cycling have submitted and undertake a comprehensive review of each part of the criminal justice system, from crash investigation standards through to sentencing guidelines, to ensure that it is fairer for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users who are hurt or seriously injured on the country’s roads (see http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/407). Allen should get involved in all party select committee on cycling and find out what cyclists are actually saying about this issue before he jumps to his own conclusions about the best way forward.

  • Tristan

    Emailed my MP (Chris Leslie) to object to this. This legislation would make zero difference to me as I already look like a christmas tree.

    Doesn’t stop drivers being aggressive towards me though.

  • TG

    Maybe we should be sending these messages directly to him.

    Email him at:

  • Tom Randall

    Anyone represented by these politicians needs to let them know that they are not in favour of the delegation – they are our representatives after all (or supposed to be) – and remember their names for the next elections!

  • Mike Garvey

    I know at least two of those killed had helmets on and also bright flashing rear lights. So the politicians have obviously done their usual level of fact finding.

  • Chris Y

    A campaign for improving the condition of cycle lanes would perhaps provide more benefit, but with our current austerity measures, it is easier once again to impose another law against the cyclist rather than make the roads safer. Holland and Germany have fantastically smooth purpose built cycle lanes that afford the cyclist the same priorities as the traffic next to them especially going across junctions; if a cyclist is going straight across a side road {even from cycle path to cycle path} the vehicle driver MUST give way. Please Mr Allen stop giving the motorists another excuse to abuse cyclists at every junction and drop curb.

  • TG

    Ed? Is that Ed Milliband? That should make him think again about taking this to Parliament. Can someone send a link to this page to Mr Allen?

  • Steuart Saunders

    So how many pedestrians have been killed in the same time? Should they wear helmets too? Oh and how many car drivers? Should they too wear helmets in their cars? Oh and what about death in the workplace perhaps they too should wear helmets. Idiotic fools. If only everything was that simple. Perhapss they should be putting their energies into something more productive, I’m sure they weren’t elected to do this stuff. Plebs!

  • Ed

    I e-mailed Graham Allen yesterday pointing out the folly of this approach.

  • Dominic Watts

    Compelling cyclists to wear helmets by law looks like the victims are being criminalised. There are plenty of other crimes where the victim is often the one seen to be to blame and I find that unacceptable. I hope that Graham Allen is also calling for better education of motorists, enforcing observation of advance stop lines and stricter penalties. I would also like to see the UK adopt ‘strict liability’ like are European cousins because this does tend to focus the minds of motorists.

  • Peter Roberts

    This idea is absurd. Evidence shows that this will REDUCE the number of cyclists and INCREASE the number of injuries per cyclist (see http://www.cycle-helmets.com/ for example).

    Please contact your MP and ask them to oppose this idea.

  • MG

    Nottingham city has been fairly bold in the past few years in trying to reduce car dependency (building tram lines and implementing the Workplace Parking Levy) so this is a bit of a backwards step. But there’s nothing like blaming the victim…

  • Peter Kellam

    What would be our equivalent recommended list for all new car sales I wonder?

  • TG

    Graham Allen needs to get real. If he thinks that these measures will make a difference then he is living in cloud cuckoo land.
    All this would do is keep people away from riding bikes. We need more people on bikes and less people in cars. He should put more effort into changing the culture of car drivers and the attitude that they are the only one’s with a right to be on the road.
    Tougher fines/sentences for the one’s that cause accidents through bad driving.

  • Pam Harding

    They’d do better investigating the circumstances of each accident that occurred. How fast ALL the vehicles involved were travelling, whether lack of attention contributed to the collisions. Why automatically assume that the cyclist is at fault? Maybe driver re-education would reap better rewards? I drive a fairly large vehicle and when I cycle I wear Hi-vis clothing, but I am sick of the SMIDSY attitude which is so prevalent. Rant over!