BICYCLE SECTION - My comments in caps.
59 SCRAP WHOLE SECTION
Clothing. You should wear
• a cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened
• appropriate clothes for cycling. Avoid clothes which may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights
• light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see you in daylight and poor light
• reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark.
60 UNFORTUNATELY MUST KEEP
At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.
Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24
61 USE BIKEABILITY GUIDANCE
Cycle Routes and Other Facilities. Use cycle routes, advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings unless at the time it is unsafe to do so. Use of these facilities is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.
62 USE BIKEABILITY GUIDANCE
Cycle Tracks. These are normally located away from the road, but may occasionally be found alongside footpaths or pavements. Cyclists and pedestrians may be segregated or they may share the same space (unsegregated). When using segregated tracks you MUST keep to the side intended for cyclists as the pedestrian side remains a pavement or footpath. Take care when passing pedestrians, especially children, older or disabled people, and allow them plenty of room. Always be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary. Take care near road junctions as you may have difficulty seeing other road users, who might not notice you.
Law HA 1835 sect 72
63 USE BIKEABILITY GUIDANCE
Cycle Lanes. These are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the carriageway (see Rule 140). Keep within the lane when practicable. When leaving a cycle lane check before pulling out that it is safe to do so and signal your intention clearly to other road users. Use of cycle lanes is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.
64 KEEP, BUT CHANGE TO 'FOOTWAYS'
You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement.
Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A 1984, sect 129
65 HA, NEED TO CHANGE THIS TO ACCOMMODATE THE BUS STOP BYPASS - TFL'S MOTIVE BECOMES CLEAR
Bus Lanes. Most bus lanes may be used by cyclists as indicated on signs. Watch out for people getting on or off a bus. Be very careful when overtaking a bus or leaving a bus lane as you will be entering a busier traffic flow. Do not pass between the kerb and a bus when it is at a stop.
66 MOST MAKE SENSE (ONLY ON THE HIGHWAY THOUGH)
• keep both hands on the handlebars except when signalling or changing gear
• keep both feet on the pedals
• never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends EXCEPT THIS ONE - SCRAP
• not ride close behind another vehicle
• not carry anything which will affect your balance or may get tangled up with your wheels or chain
• be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted OR DEAF OR HEARING IMPAIRED pedestrians. Let them know you are there when necessary, for example, by POLITELY TALKING TO THEM AND NOT ringing your bell if you have one. It is recommended that a bell be fitted. NO.
67 ALL MAKE SENSE
• look all around before moving away from the kerb, turning or manoeuvring, to make sure it is safe to do so. Give a clear signal to show other road users what you intend to do (download ‘Signals to other road users’ (PDF, 102KB))
• look well ahead for obstructions in the road, such as drains, pot-holes and parked vehicles so that you do not have to swerve suddenly to avoid them. Leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles and watch out for doors being opened or pedestrians stepping into your path
• be aware of traffic coming up behind you
• take extra care near road humps, narrowings and other traffic calming features
• take care when overtaking (see Rules 162 to 169).
You MUST NOT
• carry a passenger unless your cycle has been built or adapted to carry one (CAN WE ASK FOR THIS TO BE SCRAPPED? -TAKES THE FUN OUT OF CYCLING)
• hold onto a moving vehicle or trailer
• ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner
• ride when under the influence of drink or drugs, including medicine.
Law RTA 1988 sects 24, 26, 28, 29 & 30 as amended by RTA 1991
You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD reg 10(1)
70 PARKING: MAKES SENSE
When parking your cycle
• find a conspicuous location where it can be seen by passers-by
• use cycle stands or other cycle parking facilities wherever possible
• do not leave it where it would cause an obstruction or hazard to other road users
• secure it well so that it will not fall over and become an obstruction or hazard.
You MUST NOT cross the stop line when the traffic lights are red. Some junctions have an advanced stop line to enable you to wait and position yourself ahead of other traffic (see Rule 178).
73 THIS SECTION READS LIKE A GET OUT CLAUSE FOR HGV DRIVERS
Pay particular attention to long vehicles which need a lot of room to manoeuvre at corners. Be aware that drivers may not see you. (WHY THE HELL NOT?) They may have to move over to the right before turning left. Wait until they have completed the manoeuvre because the rear wheels come very close to the kerb while turning. Do not be tempted to ride in the space between them and the kerb.
74 WE SHOULD NOT BE TELLING CYCLISTS IT MAY BE SAFER TO WALK TO MAKE A RIGHT TURN - WRONG MESSAGE
On the right. If you are turning right, check the traffic to ensure it is safe, then signal and move to the centre of the road. Wait until there is a safe gap in the oncoming traffic and give a final look before completing the turn. It may be safer to wait on the left until there is a safe gap or to dismount and push your cycle across the road.
77 ROUNDABOUTS: THIS IS SHOCKINGLY POOR! NEEDS TO BE COMPLETELY REWRITTEN.
You may feel safer walking your cycle round on the pavement or verge. (IF THIS IS THE CASE, THEN DEMAND A SAFER ROUNDABOUT DESIGN OR CHANGE TO CROSS ROADS :) If you decide (WHAT?) to ride round keeping to the left-hand lane (THIS IS THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO)
- you should be aware that drivers may not easily see you (ER, WHY NOT??)
- take extra care when cycling across exits. You may need to signal right to show you are not leaving the roundabout
- watch out for vehicles crossing your path to leave or join the roundabout. (DO THEY MEAN GIVE WAY?)
VERY DANGEROUS ADVICE I THINK
170 THIS RULE NEEDS TO BE STRENGTHENED.
Take extra care at junctions. You should GIVE WAY NOT JUST watch out for pedestrians crossing a road OR WAITING TO CROSS into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way. SIDE ROAD CROSSINGS (SHOULD) HAVE THE SAME PRIORITY FOR PEDESTRIANS AS ZEBRA CROSSINGS.
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