If you are new to cycling you might be wondering where you stand in relation to using cycle lanes. These lanes are specially designed to give cyclists a safer experience on the roads. More and more of them are popping up all round the country and once you know how they work it can make your journey easier and safer.
There are two types of lanes – the first is mandatory while the second is advisory. The first means that the lane is specifically for cyclists to use. This may mean other vehicles will not be allowed in that space for some or all of the day. The advisory lanes have broken white lines to depict them instead of solid white lines. This means other vehicles can use that space so you have to be careful and aware of who and what is around you. Sometimes when you are using cycle lanes you will see they go off the road and onto a portion of the pavement, perhaps to cross a road safely by using a crossing. This is the only situation where riding on the pavement would be legally allowed as you are in a proper cycle lane designed for the purpose.
Are you safer if you are using cycle lanes?
Generally speaking you will be a lot safer when using these lanes as they are provided for the specific use of cyclists. Of course you should still be alert to what is going on around you. Never assume another vehicle won’t stray into the lane, even if they are not meant to do so. They can make your journey easier but they shouldn’t replace common sense and alertness when it comes to your surroundings. It might take a while to get used to using them but it can help you gain confidence.
Have you been involved in a cycling accident that was someone else’s fault?
If someone else caused you to have an accident on your bike there may be the potential to bring a no win, no fee* claim as a result. Contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline today to speak to a professional injury compensation lawyer now. You can find out more about your legal situation if you have had an accident within the last three years. Our 24-hour enquiry line is free and open all week, so call us today.
Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown