CYCLISTS are making the most of the new Highway Code rules by taking to the middle of the road for the first time today.
It comes as many drivers have shared their anger about the new laws – with some branding it a “nightmare”.
这 cycling rules in The Highway Code have had a big revamp – and one of the major changes is all around the clarity of where cyclists should ride on the road.
现在, it is acceptable for cyclists to ride in the centre of the lane, in some situations.
Today happy cyclists up and down the UK have been snapped riding in the middle of the road under the new rules to keep them safe.
同时, motorists have been taking to social media to give their two cents on the matter.
One driver wrote: “What was the point of the cycle lane in London which takes up half of the road if the new Highway Code gives cyclists more priority?”
另一个说: “As there are now Highway Code rules specifically for cyclists – when are cyclists going to pay road tax & be required to pay insurance?
“My car was damaged, by a cyclist – wing mirror broken & front wing scratched (cyclist safe & unhurt) & I had to pay for the repairs.”
添加了第三个: “I live in the hole that is London and all the new #HighwayCode rules will make driving here go from an annoying experience to a nightmare.
“And the rule that cyclists dont need to use the cycle lane? Whats its there for then? Decoration?
Rule 72 in The Highway Code now say: “Ride in the centre of your lane, to make yourself as clearly visible as possible, in the following situations:
“On quiet roads or streets – if a faster vehicle comes up behind you, move to the left to enable them to overtake, if you can do so safely.
“In slower-moving traffic – when the traffic around you starts to flow more freely move over to the left if you can do so safely so that faster vehicles behind you can overtake.
“At the approach to junctions or road narrowings where it would be unsafe for drivers to overtake you.”
When drivers are wanting to overtake cyclists, they must leave at least 1.5 metres of space at speeds of up to 30mph.
At higher speeds, drivers should be giving cyclists more space.
Drivers must not cut across cyclists, or horse riders, going straight ahead when planning to turn into or out of a junction.
Rule 186 will also give cyclists priority when it comes to roundabouts.