Changes to The Highway Code For Cyclists
In 2022 the UK Government introduced some changes to the Highway Code, with an aim to make them safer for people walking, cycling and riding horses. Some of the biggest changes were made to the Highway Code for cyclists. These will have a huge impact on the way cyclists should behave on the road. Surprisingly, not enough people have reviewed these changes.
With a noticeable rise in the number of ‘SUV’ style vehicles, the road has become an increasingly dangerous place. There has been a gradual increase in the number of accidents, so the change is very welcome.
The Biggest Changes…
In the revised Highway Code, there are 2 major changes for road users and cyclists. The first being that cyclists are now advised to cycle in the middle of their lane. This makes the cyclist much more visible in certain situations. For example, when approaching a roundabout or junction or when signalling to overtake a parked car or obstacle. Previously, the government advice was to stay to the left-hand side of the carriageway where possible, to make it easier for motorists to overtake.
When riding in groups, cyclists should be considerate of the needs of other road users. People cycling are asked to be aware of people driving behind them and allow them to overtake (for example, by moving into single file or stopping) when it’s safe to do so. However, cyclists can now ride 2 abreast, which often can be the safer option. Particularly when children or less experienced riders are cycling.
The second change is an alteration to priority. Drivers and cyclists must give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road into which you are turning. This means that you have to give way to pedestrians if you are turning into a junction they are waiting to cross. Additionally, pedestrians should be given right of way when they are waiting at a zebra or parallel crossing. The current rule is they only have right of way if they are already actively crossing.
We highly recommend you read the official rules from the gov.uk website for a more thorough and in-depth understanding.
Hierarchy on The Road
On the road, the hierarchy is to do with heightened awareness to the amount of damage they can cause in the event of a crash. Motorists, specifically HGVs, LGVs, cars/taxis and motorcycles need to be most cautious. Where possible, they should prioritise the safety of cyclists and horse riders, and in turn, cyclists and horse riders have a heightened responsibility to reduce danger towards pedestrians.
The idea behind this is that if all road users are more aware of the damage they pose to each other, the roads will be a safer place.
Again, we highly recommend you read the official rules from the gov.uk website for a more thorough and in-depth understanding.
Get in Touch
If you’re feeling a new sense of confidence due to the changes in the Highway Code for cyclists and are looking to get back out on the roads, get in touch.
We stock a wide range of road bikes, hybrid bikes, electric bikes and Brompton bikes that are all perfect for the commute. Call us at 01435 866118 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can fill in our contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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