In June Transport Minister Jesse Norman announced additional training for driving instructors to “ensure cyclists’ safety is at the forefront of their minds when they teach new drivers”.
The Department for Transport plans to spend £500,000 for a pilot scheme to improve driving instructors’ cycle safety awareness.
Mr Norman acknowledged the benefits of cycling when he spoke at the Cycle City Active City conference in Manchester.
However he recognised that more needed to be done to make people feel safe when they walk and cycle.
“We shouldn’t only concentrate on catching and punishing drivers when they make a mistake, but to try and ensure that they have the skills and knowledge to drive safely alongside cyclists in all conditions”.