Title

UNITED KINGDOM TO REQUIRE BELLS ON ALL NEW BIKES

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Subject Area

planning - safety/accidents, planning - safety/accidents, mode - bike, mode - bike, mode - pedestrian

Keywords

Warning devices, United Kingdom, Safety measures, Safety, Public safety, Pedestrian safety, Pedestrian accidents, Legislative support, Legislation, Great Britain, Cycling accidents, Bicycles, Bicycle accidents, Bells

Abstract

The United Kingdom (U.K.) Transport Ministry announced the intent to introduce legislation requiring all new adult bicycles to be fitted with a bell. The U.K. Highway Code already advises cyclists to ring their bell to make others aware of their presence, but many bikes do not have one. Fitting a bell to all new bikes gives riders the ability to alert other road users, especially pedestrians, of their presence.