CYCLISTS will need to ride in the middle lane on roads, following new changes to the Highway Code.
The series of rule changes aimed at ensuring heavier and faster vehicles have greater responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others on the road.
Why do cyclists ride in the middle lane?
One change to the rules is that cyclists will now be advised to travel in the middle of the road.
The Highway Code says that cyclists should use the centre of the lane when it is dangerous for a car to overtake.
For example at junctions, in narrow sections of road or approaching a roundabout, cyclists should aim to move to a more visible position on the road.
This is known as the “primary position” to protect those on a bike.
Adopting this position in situations where there’s not enough space for a driver to overtake can help avoid the chance of a dangerous overtake that could be fatal to cyclists.
What is dooring?
Dooring is when a motorist opens their vehicle door into the path of another road user, such as another car or cyclist.
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It usually happens after a car has parked or stopped, or when passengers exit from their cars, taxis and rideshares into the path of a cyclist.
في المملكة المتحدة, doorings are among the more common causes for injuring cyclists, but it’s also known to damage passing cars.
Is dooring illegal?
Dooring a cyclist or passing car’s on purpose is considered illegal and you can experience varying consequences depending on their severity.
ومع ذلك, this offence has been criticised by cycling charities such as Cycling UK as it only allows for a maximum punishment of £1,000.
There is no possibility of the offender receiving penalty points on their license or prison sentence if they are caught.
The latest government figures reveal that there were 490 casualties where a “vehicle door opened or closed negligently” was a contributing factor in 2016.
What is the law on dooring?
Car dooring is illegal under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Road Vehicles (Constructions and Use) Regulations 1986.
فإنه ينص, “No person shall open, or cause or permit to be opened, any door of a vehicle on a road so as to injure or endanger any person”.
This type of collision occurs most frequently in urban areas where cars are parallel parked along the side of a road.
The most obvious thing that cyclists can do to avoid being knocked off by a driver or passenger opening a car door is to ride further out into the road when riding past parked cars.
The new rule changes for the Highway Code will likely benefit cyclists and help them avoid situations where they may be struck by a parked car.