Bristol could see "cycle streets" in the future which would ban drivers from overtaking bicycles to make roads safer. The Government initiative is expected to be introduced in Britain's "Cycling Cities" of which Bristol is one. Not surprisingly, cycling groups in Bristol have welcomed the idea in principle, while a motorists' pressure group condemned it as "a bit stupid".
The scheme, which has been championed by the roads minister Robert Goodwill, has been laid out in a consultation document issued by the Department for Transport.
The "cycle streets" would have a 15mph speed limit, ban drivers from overtaking cyclists and give powers to police to hand out £100 fines or three penalty points for breaches.