Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman hits out at laws treating killer cyclists

 Kim Briggs died after being hit by a cyclist He suggested the Government should consult road fatality statistics before deciding “where to focus resources to save most lives” and went on to criticise an official Conservatives tweet endorsing the law change.  We’re launching a consultation into dangerous cycling so that our most vulnerable road users are protected. pic.twitter.com/lz1BHXwLIo— Conservatives (@Conservatives) August 12, 2018  Kim Briggs died after being hit by a cyclistCredit:PA Department for Transport (DfT) figures for 2016 show that 448 pedestrians were killed on Britain’s roads, but only three cases involved bicycles.Ms Briggs was killed by Charlie Alliston, then 18, who was travelling at 18mph on a fixed-wheel track bike with no front brakes.He was sentenced to 18 months in jail after being found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”.The Victorian legislation was used because there was no cycling equivalent to the offence of causing death by dangerous driving. Ms Briggs’ widower Matthew gave his support to the proposed new laws, saying: “This public consultation is an important step towards updating the arcane laws that are currently being used to prosecute cycling offences.”The latest announcement includes the introduction of national guidance for cycling and walking infrastructure and updating parts of the Highway Code to combat close passing of bicycles.But Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns for lobby group Cycling UK, said: “If the Government is serious about addressing behaviour that puts others at risk on our roads, they should grasp the opportunity to do the job properly, rather than attempt to patch up an area of legislation that’s simply not working.” Mr Boardman added his voice to concerns raised by cycling campaigners that the move was not addressing real threats on the road.He wrote on Twitter the focus was “on a single tragic case”, when around “66 pedestrians are killed each year, on the pavement alone, by drivers, who are prosecuted for careless driving. Charlie Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in jail after being found guilty of causing bodily harm by "wanton and furious driving" Charlie Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in jail after being found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”Credit:PA New laws which could see cyclists who kill treated the same as dangerous drivers have been criticised by Olympic medalist Chris Boardman. The former racing cyclist lost his mother Carol after she was fatally injured following a collision with a car in July 2016.The 49-year-old, who won gold in the 1992 Olympics, hit out at plans to introduce a criminal offence for causing death by dangerous or careless cycling.The legislation is being proposed by the Government after 44-year-old mother-of two Kim Briggs was knocked over and killed by a bicycle courier in February 2016.But Cycling UK head of campaigns Duncan Dollimore described the current system of prosecuting and sentencing for careless or dangerous drivers as “something of a lottery” which leaves victims and their relatives “feeling massively let down”.He went on: “Adding one or two new offences specific to cyclists would be merely tinkering around the edges.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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