Rights and responsibilities when on a bike …

This information from Devon & Cornwall Police is useful for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians alike.

Some of the points that people often forget are:

  1. All road users should slow down for cyclists (sometimes, when people are slogging uphill, this actually means really slow, drivers).
  2. Cyclists have a right to as much space as a car on the road, so don’t drive too close. However, there is a caveat. Rule 66 of the Highway Code says cyclists should never ride more than two abreast and that riders should be in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding around bends.
  3. The use of cycle lanes is not compulsory (though, they are there for safety reasons and it helps everyone if they are used properly).
  4. Cyclists should not ride on the pavement and should be equally considerate of other road users, especially pedestrians on shared routes.

Indeed, more courtesy all round on our roads would be welcome but the infographics remind us of the rules of the road in a nutshell.


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