Highway Code Improved by CTC Pressure

Posted by chdot on May 31, 2007

Plans to reword the Highway Code so that cyclists would be ‘expected’ to use ‘cycle facilities’ have been dropped.

A high profile campaign by the CTC included 11,000 letters to MPs and an on-line petition which attracted 20,000 signatures is likely to have helped!

Forty rules that benefit cyclists are being changed. Currently the proposed wording for key Rule 61 is –

“Cycle 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.”

As the CTC says – “The new version makes clear that cyclists have every right to cycle on the road.”

There is to be a ‘stakeholders’ consultation process in the next few weeks to finalise the new Highway Code, which will be in operation soon afterwards.

More details – there is another petition to sign.

One Response to “Highway Code Improved by CTC Pressure”

  1. Niall said

    As has been pointed out to me by police officers thae highway code is not legally binding.
    Silly me for thinking that the note on the first page said that aspects highlighted in Red were.

    As far as this is concerned it is only going to be useful if car drivers pay attention to the road markings.
    As a regular rider in the city I have frequently seen cars in the cycle advance area at the top of junctions AFTER the light as gone to red. The Police will not take action unless there is an independent witness and/or soneone has been injured.

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