In addition to myself and several other cycling bloggers picking up on the DfT’s backwards approach at road safety, Road.cc also noticed it. Unlike the rest of us (so far) they have gotten a reply from Mike Penning, the minister “Road Safety.”
“This game is part of a range of educational materials designed to give children the skills they need to stay safe on the roads as they become more independent.
“It is nonsense to suggest that, simply by explaining the consequences of different behaviour, we are attributing the blame for accidents to anyone. I am clear that everyone on the road has a role to play in creating a safe environment whether they are driving, riding, cycling or walking.”
It is easy to get the impression that Mikey hasn’t actually had a look at the site, or if he has it is a long time since he saw the outside world not through a windscreen.
Based on the estimates from the BBC, this would place him doing around 30,000 miles per year. But it is not as if this could possibly distort the minister’s perspective on how much of the burden of responsibility for safety should be placed on motorists…