THIS is the horrifying moment a Range Rover almost HITS a little girl riding a bike without a helmet – with one driver insisting “this is why we need a new Highway Code”.
One dramatic photo shows the car nearly missing as the driver squeezed between her and a Tesco van going in the other direction.
The shocking photo, taken by cyclist Tim Lennon, shows the young woman riding her bike along the curb of a busy road without her helmet on as the Range Rover came very close to her – trying to avoid the car traffic is coming.
One cycling campaigner asserted “here’s why” new rules on Highway Code – stipulation that cyclists should ride in the middle of the road and be overtaken with a distance of at least 1.5 meters – is necessary.
Danny, who campaigned for better city mobility, tweeted: “For all the people who are whining about the new Highway Code rules and they don’t think they should give riders a ride. pedal (or rider) space when overtaking, here’s why.”
Under the rule improvement, cyclists can ride in center of lanein some cases.
Rule 72 of the Highway Code says: “Drive in the middle of your lane, so that you can see as clearly as possible, in the following cases:
“On quiet roads or streets – if a faster car comes behind you, move left to let them pass, if you can safely do so.
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“When traffic moves slower – when traffic around you begins to move more freely, move to the left if you can safely do so so that faster vehicles behind can can pass.
“At an intersection or a narrow street where it would be unsafe for a driver to pass you.”
The code also says that the wehn drivers want pass cycliststhey must leave at least 1.5 meters of space at speeds up to 30 mph.
At higher speeds, the driver should give the cyclist more space.
Many people agreed with Danny on Twitter as they expressed shock at the near miss.
“Awful driving,” one user replied.
“What goes through someone’s mind when driving a vehicle and seeing another person on a bicycle traveling at a much slower speed? Are they not engaged in the understanding of safety and slowing down?”
‘STOP DIVING DANGEROUS’
But instead, some questioned the young man wearing no helmet while others defended the girl.
One person wrote: “Of course it’s ugly but the kid doesn’t even wear a helmet and why is he taking a kid on a bike ride on those roads.”
Another tweeted: “More comments about the girl without the helmet than about the driver who almost hit her shows exactly why the mentality has to change.
“Stop dangerous driving! Call it out. Saying anything or blaming the victim for not wearing a helmet is not a reasonable answer.”
A third added: “Lots of opinions on helmets, so I’d like to say frankly that wearing a helmet is a personal choice, it’s the law that allows 1.5m space when passing. “
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