How to Safely Use Cycling Lanes

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As a cyclist, it is crucial to be able to use cycling lanes safely. Especially in busier areas, like towns and cities, it is essential to be considerate of all road users and use the cycling lanes provided. But, what if there are no cycling lanes provided? There are special cyclist zones, which many experienced cyclists know how to work around.

However, in some instances, the rules relating to cyclists can be confusing. If you would like to find out about cycling zones and when are where to use them, read this article. Depending on where you are, town, city, village, park, the cycling lanes can vary; this article will outline the different types of cycling lanes you are likely to come across.

Shared Paths

Shared paths are used by pedestrians, cyclists and joggers. The highway code has recently changed the rules concerning cyclists on shared paths, these include: 

New guidance has been presented about shared paths. People cycling or riding a horse should be cautious and conscious of the pedestrians. The rules advise to:

  • Do not pass too closely and too fast.
  • Slow down around people walking and let them know that you are there. 
  • Remember that people walking may be blind, dead or partially sighted.
  • Do not pass a horse on the horse’s left.

Cycle Tracks 

Cycle tracks are provided for bikes to separate them from the road. Cyclists are most at risk when entering and leaving cycle lanes, this is why cyclists need to make themselves as visible as possible. It is also important to warn other more vulnerable road users when cycling, by ringing their bell. 

Segregated paths 

Segregated paths are put in place to protect the more vulnerable road users, by segregating cyclists and pedestrians by a solid white line. Usually, at the beginning of the paths and sometimes throughout, there is a sign informing individuals that there is a cycle lane. 

With flow lanes

That is a cycle lane that travels with the flow of the traffic, this means that it travels the same way as the rest of the traffic; these can be found often on busy roads. 

Contraflow lanes 

A contraflow lane travels against the flow of the traffic, which can be sometimes confusing to other vehicles, and cause incidents. If you have been in an accident as a cyclist, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland.

Have you been involved in a road traffic accident? 

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland. Especially during dangerous road conditions, it is the driver’s duty of care to ensure the safety of other road users, and if they fail to do so causing an accident that wasn’t your fault, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland. 

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