New changes to the Highway Code will create a "hierarchy of road users" in a bid to boost the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the updates, to be included in a new version of the Highway Code being published in the autumn, as part of a £338m package to boost cycling and walking.
In an effort to capitalise on the walking and cycling boom during the COVID pandemic, the government will also boost funding for the construction of hundreds of miles of new cycle lanes, improvements to the National Cycle Network, and the delivery of new schemes to encourage walking.
A new version of the Highway Code will be published in the autumn
The planned changes to the Highway Code include:
• A hierarchy of road users that ensures road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others
• Strengthened pedestrian priority on pavements and when crossing or waiting to cross the road