As the weather gets warmer more and more people are riding their bikes to and from work and we would just like to remind you about a few of the highway codes for cyclists to help keep you and other safe.
Rule 59 of the UK Highway Code
- You should wear in the correct size and securely fastened:
- A cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations
- Appropriate clothes for cycling – avoid clothes that may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights
- Light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users see you in daylight and poor light
- Reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark
Rule 60 of the Highway Code
Between sunset and sunrise your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 24 January 1996). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.
Rule 61 of the Highway Code
Use cycle routes, advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings unless at the time it is unsafe to do so.
Rule 62 of the Highway Code
Cycle tracks are normally located away from the road but may also be found alongside footways or footpaths. Cyclists or pedestrians may be segregated or they may share the same space.
When using segregated tracks you MUST keep to the side intended for cyclists as the pedestrian side remains a footway or footpath. Take care when passing pedestrians, especially children, older or disabled people, and allow them plenty of room. Always be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary. Take care near road junctions as you may have difficulty seeing other road users, who might not notice you.
Rule 63 of the Highway Code
Cycle lanes are marked by a white line along the carriageway.
When using a cycle lane, keep within the lane when practicable. Before leaving a cycle lane check that it is safe to do so and signal your intention clearly to other road users.
( To see Rule 64 to Rule 82 of the Highway Code please follow this link http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/59-82-rules-for-cyclists )
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