Rule 163 "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car"
For me as a pedal cyclist Rule 163 "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car" is as good as a death sentence. Many drivers pass with just enough clearance for their wing mirrors. I get run off the road 3 or four times a week the police do not seem to care either.
A member of the public has complained that bikes are not giving way to pedestrians crossing the bike lane in our local area
A member of the public has complained that bikes are not giving way to pedestrians crossing the bike lane in our local area.
The Highway Code does not provide specific guidance on who has the right of way in a bike lane - the pedestrian or the cyclist - other than:
Rules for pedestrians:
Bus and cycle lanes. Take care when crossing these lanes as traffic may be moving faster than in the other lanes, or against the flow of traffic.
Rules for cyclists:
Cycle Tracks. These are normally located away from the road, but may occasionally be found alongside footpaths or pavements......Always be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary.....
An internet search of other countries indicates people crossing a bike lane on foot should treat it like a regular street lane and that cyclists usually have the right-of-way in a bike lane, unless the law states that the lane is also for pedestrian use.
A common sense approach for pedestrians crossing a street should also apply to crossing a bike lane; look both ways and only cross when it is safe.
It is suggested that the Highway Code be updated to clarify/stipulate this for pedestrians and cyclists alike; and that cyclists have the right of way on a bike lane, but should give due consideration to pedestrians in the vicinity.
I am 73 and passed the driving test in 1961, before retirement drove up to 1000 miles per week and well aware of the highway code rules and my pet hates involve pavement and double parking, in the cul de sac where I live the rules must have changed as residents have mainly empty driveways and think that it is ok to park completely blocking the pavements and double parking , and in the road at the end of the cul de sac which is a bus route vans, cars and lorries park on all the bus stops, also they think it alright to park on corners, preventing a view of any oncoming traffic, it is just as bad in the nearby town roads, where cars park just about anywhere they please disrupting the traffic flow like you would not believe, there double yellow lines just get ignored, the very rare sightings of a traffic warden are only to be made in the towns car park where you find a person sitting in the car while the passenger goes shopping so that they do not have to pay for a parking ticket however they have the engine running so that the heater keeps the car warm, they usually drive into the space so that the can reverse out after shopping(some drivers will understand my or their logic in doing this) the most popular place in the town to park is outside any of the banks, they then park in the bus lane,on the pavement,on double yellow lines , you will not believe any of this but I can assure you that it is true, this is the same town which has very tiny notices fixed in rare positions saying that you will be fined £80 if you drop a cigarette end on the floor, the signs have been there for years but no one has been caught yet, I spoke to a man at the areas parking offices about the parking and put the phone down when he said that it did not matter as long as they were not parked there too long.
The understanding myself and other instructors have is that when nearing the end of a bus lane, about a couple of bus lengths from the end, if the lane and your exit lane is clear then there's no problem cutting into the end.
Particularly if you're part of a queue of traffic going ahead where you'll ease that flow. However last year I was given a ticket by Newcastle Council for doing this. It really irritates me that sensible driving seems to be secondary to revenue generation, where authorities treat every inch as a capture zone for their coffers.
I always observe parking restrictions and until a couple of weeks ago had never been given a parking ticket
I have been driving for 47 years, driving on average 22,000 miles per year. I always observe parking restrictions and until a couple of weeks ago had never been given a parking ticket.
Then I parked in the London Borough of Hounslow with 2 wheels on the road and 2 on an unmade mud & grass verge. I am aware of Highway Code Paragraph 244, but this mud & grass verge was definitely not a pavement, there was no kerb, and no parking restriction signs were displayed.
I received a Penalty Notice which I challenged, and the reply was that the Notice was valid because the car was parked with “one wheel (or more) on the pavement or off the road. Pavement or off-road parking is not allowed unless signs say otherwise. This rule applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is enforced because vehicles:
• can get in the way of pedestrians, especially blind people or people with prams; and
• can damage paving or underground pipes.”
In the light of this please consider changing the wording of Highway Code Paragraph 244 to indicate that the restriction applies to any partial or wholly off-road parking and not just partially or wholly on the pavement.