The Department for Transport is considering implementing new measures to boost the protection of cyclists and pedestrians as part of its ambition to drive down unnecessary deaths.
A planned major update to the Highway Code could force drivers to give way to pedestrians and cyclists when turning.
Currently, vulnerable road users going straight on at junction they are at risk from cars and other larger vehicles.
Under the proposals, there are also a number of other new rules being considered including measures to reduce the risk of cyclists being hit with a car door or being overtaken too closely by vehicles.
The new Highway Code will highlight how to avoid the dangers of close passing, and encourage people to adopt the ‘Dutch reach’, a method of opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle, to force drivers to look over their shoulder for passing traffic.
The review follows the recent publication of road casualty figures showing that 101 cyclists died in 2017 in road traffic collisions.
Cycling and Walking Minister Jesse Norman said: “Cycling and walking are increasingly being understood as crucial parts of an integrated approach to issues of health, obesity, air quality and town and city planning.
“But this will only happen if people feel safe on the roads.
“These measures are part of a steady process of improvement and reform designed to achieve just that.”
Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns charity, Cycling UK said: “Close overtakes and people opening car doors in front of cyclists are not only dangerous, they also put people off riding a bike.
“That’s why Cycling UK has been campaigning for changes to the Highway Code rules for many years, to make the requirements to give enough space when overtaking a cyclist, wait if you can’t, and look before you open your car door crystal clear.
“We’re delighted the government has listened and we hope to contribute to the discussions regarding the amendments required to prioritise the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.”