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The revised Highway Code - Pathway to new side road designs?

Event organised by ICE

14 June 2022
18:00 - 19:00 BST (GMT+1)

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The revised Highway Code published on 28 January 2022 included some subtle but important changes. It introduces a hierarchy of users with pedestrians at the top, followed by cyclists, motorcyclists, car drivers, van drivers and heavy goods vehicle drivers.

At priority (give way) junctions, drivers and riders should in future give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road that they are turning into or out of. This is a development of the current Rule 170, which states: “If [pedestrians] have started to cross they have priority, so give way.” When they are turning into or out of a junction or changing direction or lane drivers should also now not cut across cyclists ‘going ahead’.

Side roads have been the subject of design developments for some years, including side road entry treatments, the development of continuous footways across the mouth of the junction, and also marked priority, including zebra crossings.

The webinar will explore the changes to the Highway Code, and the developments in side road designs, and consider the implications of these two developments, in the code and designs, and how they work together for the benefit of people walking and cycling.

Background reading: The new Highway Code: further down the road, but not far enough?


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Professor John Parkin

Professor John Parkin

University of the West of England, Bristol

professor of transport engineering

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Professor John Parkin

John has experience in all stages of transport from policy formulation, modelling and forecasting, operational analysis and economic appraisal, design and construction, and evaluation. He leads teams undertaking quantitative and qualitative empirical research and evaluations of sustainable transport schemes and autonomous vehicle trials.

His work is at the nexus of infrastructure design and user behaviour. A specialism is street design, with emphasis on active modes. Research includes side road crossing user behaviour, eye movement of cyclists; passing distances; pedestrian and cyclists trust in autonomous vehicles real-world trials.

Jonathan Flower

Jonathan Flower

Centre for Transport and Society

transport planner and researcher

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Jonathan Flower

Jonathan’s current work centres around street design, with a particular focus on side road junctions, through projects with the Road Safety Trust, Sustrans and Transport Scotland. His other research interests include Safer Systems, bus safety in Nepal, e-scooters, disability, what happens to users when walking and cycling infrastructure is closed, and automated vehicles. Jonathan also manages a large evaluation contract for the Department for Transport.

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Lidia Pearce