Cyclist spotted holding up traffic - while ignoring new £1.2m cycle path

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Alien8, 14 Apr 2018.

  1. Alien8

    Alien8 Senior Moment

    Well that's what the Cambridge Evening New says.

    Yes, it's the usual anal mutterings from the hard of understanding.

    But I was interested by their statement:

    Although cyclists don't have to use cycle paths, the Highway Code says: "If cycle routes are available cyclists should make use of them, as they can make their journeys safer."

    That's not right I thought, and sure enough, there appears to be no such statement in the HC as published on www.gov.uk.

    But a little bit of searching reveals www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk which contains:

    Section 61
    Section 61 covers cycle routes and other facilities for cyclists. If cycle routes are available cyclists should make use of them, as they can make their journeys safer. Cyclists should also use advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings, unless it is unsafe to do so.

    No idea who, or what, DRIVINGED (owner of www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk) is, but is certainly isn't The Highway Code ... is it?
     
    Last edited: 14 Apr 2018
  2. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
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    Sorry, I'm not keeping up. Who mentioned 'drivinged'?
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Alien8

    Alien8 Senior Moment

    DRIVINGED seems to be the owner of www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk

    DRIVINGED, Company code: 302653177
     
  4. Maenchi

    Maenchi StoneDog

    Location:
    Cornwall
    "I think some of the money could be spent on the people who are paying for it."

    couldn't help but notice this line in the article though !!................yawn
     
  5. alicat

    alicat Guru

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    The quote in the Cambridge Evening News contains the gist if not the exact wording of Highway Code Rule 61. Lazy reporting to imply it is a direct quote but I wouldn't personally get hung up on it.

    Incidentally, my search of the non-government website to which you referred http://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/rules-for-cyclists.html reveals:

    61
    Cycle Routes and Other 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.

    This seems identical to the Highway Code Rule 61 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82:

    Rule 61
    Cycle Routes and Other 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.
     
  6. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    The Cambridge News article comments section wouldn't load, but I'll bet there'll be some vinegar soaked comment from someone called Notadon on there moaning away.
     
  7. OP
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    Alien8

    Alien8 Senior Moment

    It's under Changes-And-Answers that:

    Use of these facilities is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.

    becomes:

    If cycle routes are available cyclists should make use of them, as they can make their journeys safer.

    as quoted by the CEN.

    Of course, should isn't must, but the intent and implication is clear.
     
  8. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Ah, copying the tricks used in London when the Parliament Square track ran into a dead end with badly-timed temporary traffic lights to merge onto the road and continue towards St James's Park: cue photos of people cycling on the road and ignoring the half finished track, taken with their back to the unfinished bit.
     
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  9. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    [QUOTE 5213355, member: 45"]An amendment to the HC a few years ago contained "must use". A bit of badgering from us cyclists and they dropped it.

    Got to keep your eyes peeled people.[/QUOTE]
    Proposed amendment. Several of the cycling rules in the HC are long overdue fixes, because they're based on motoring bigotry rather than evidence.
     
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  10. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Not quite the owners, on every page...
    Crown Copyright. The content have been sourced from the 2018 edition of The Official Highway Code, and reproduced under the terms of the Open Government Licence.
     
  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    I read somewhere that mile for mile, riding on cycling specific infrastructure was statistically no safer than riding on the road.
     
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  12. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    Location:
    Egham
    That would come as no surprise. A recently completed 3/4 mile stretch of 'shared' footpath along the Causeway now means no fewer than 14 side road crossings to travel that short stretch, and they wonder why people don't use it...
     
  13. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    Chuck in a few cars parked on them, moped riders and oblivious peds, not to mention typically poorer lighting and a lower standard of maintenance, and suddenly the roads look quite cuddly and warm.
     
  14. DCBassman

    DCBassman Über Member

    Location:
    Tavistock
    Exactly.
     
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  15. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

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