On one of my commutes I come off the Bristol to Bath cycle path and go to join the road. Now a few years ago it looks as it is displayed in Google maps ... you joined the road on a bend .... http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=51.460735,-2.563143&spn=0.000307,0.000738&t=k&z=21 however for a couple of years now, you leave the cycle path and fall out on the road straight onto the Zebra Crossing - its the only place where the kerb is dropped and the path itself is not shared use. (If the image doesn't show just click on the link above then use the little man to look at streetview.) I'm joining from the right of this photo from between the black bollards. Now I usually try and hang back from the crossing if there are cars around but as there are a number of nice drivers they often end up waiting for me to cross anyway. So I join the road by cycling half way across the crossing and turning right. Is it illegal to cycle across this crossing - I hold up the traffic less than if I walk across and then put the bike in the road.