Cycle awareness should be compulsory for taxis

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We are shocked to read that reporter Rachael Clegg was run down from behind whilst cycling on a main street in Sheffield city centre and suffered severe injuries. We are even more shocked that the driver did not stop.

Roads, particularly in city centres, should be safe for all road users. Sheffield City Council has a responsibility for public health and safety. To support people in cycling confidently and safely on the roads it offers cycle training to adults who live or work in Sheffield.

The council should ensure that training for taxi drivers and its contractors’ drivers has compulsory cycle awareness.

It should work with SYPTE and bus companies to ensure that bus drivers have the same training.

The Times initiated a Cities fit for Cycling campaign (http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/) because one of their women reporters was severely injured whilst cycling to work.

Sheffield City Council has signed up to this campaign.

If a woman reporter and experienced cyclist can’t cycle through the centre of Sheffield safely then it’s time for Sheffield’s cycle champion, David Caulfield, head of planning, development and transport, to start pushing the measures in this campaign’s manifesto through in Sheffield.

We wish Rachael a speedy and comfortable recovery.

Mick Nott

Chair, CycleSheffield