Call for tougher laws to protect cyclists on Scottish roads

Cyclists and other vulnerable road users in Milngavie and Bearsden could benefit from better protection from motorist - if a new campaign to update the law is successful.

Pressure group Cycle Law Scotland aims to introduce a Members Bill to the Scottish Parliament later this year to introduce stricter liability rule on Scottish roads.

The proposal known as Road Share has cross party support from a number of MSPs as well as from celebrity chef Nick Nairn, media commentator Lesley Riddoch and author and broadcaster Cameron McNeish.

Cameron who is currently the managing editor of Scottish Cycling magazine said: “On a long ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats last year I became really aware of how cyclists are often considered as second class citizens. Like many people I’ve been really concerned at the number of collisions between motor vehicles and cyclists in Scotland, many fatal, and how so many of the drivers who have caused the accidents appear to be treated very leniently by the criminal courts. We really need stricter liability and a change to Scotland’s civil law.”

Last year nine cyclists were killed and 167 cyclists seriously injured on Scotland’s roads.