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.