The petition on the government’s e-petitions website needs 100,000 signatures for it to be debated in the House of Commons.
The petition states that if drivers are not trained to be aware of cyclists and how to drive around them the drivers will retain the lack of awareness after the drivers pass their tests.
Started by Mike Higgins, the petition has already received backing from former Olympic cyclist champion Chris Boardman and Paralympic cyclist champion Dame Sarah Storey.
British Cycling has urged cyclists to sign the petition posted on its website. The petition is in line with British Cycling’s manifesto which states the national governing body wants to make cycling awareness a part of driving training and testing.
The petition comes after cycling deaths in 2012 were at a five-year high. In 2012, there were 122 cycling deaths and there have already been eight cyclist deaths in 2013.
Higgins told the Harborough Mail that the decision to start the petition was partly influenced by the death of Kibworth cyclist Adam Bennett last November.
The petition will remain open on the government’s e-petitions website until 8 January 2014.
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