The safety of cyclists and pedestrians will be increased by changes to the Highway Code that will see the creation of a “hierarchy of road users”.

The updates will make exploring new locations even easier for those who use their motorhomes as a base for walking and cycling.

A row of parked bikes.

The changes – that were announced today by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps – will mean road users who “can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others”.

The revisions will be included in a new version of the Highway Code coming out in the autumn.

Pedestrian priority will also be strengthened when “on pavements and when crossing or waiting to cross the road”.

Another update will offer “guidance on safe passing distances and speeds and ensuring that cyclists have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead”.

There will also be increased funding for hundreds of miles of new cycle lanes, along with improving the National Cycle Network. Walking will also be encouraged through new schemes.

Grant Shapps said: “Millions of us have found over the past year how cycling and walking are great ways to stay fit, ease congestion on the roads and do your bit for the environment. As we build back greener from the pandemic, we’re determined to keep that trend going by making active travel easier and safer for everyone.”

“This £338 million package marks the start of what promises to be a great summer of cycling and walking, enabling more people to make those sustainable travel choices that make our air cleaner and cities greener.”

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