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Drivers in Surrey and Hampshire urged to make sure they know rules of cycle lanes

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Drivers in Surrey and Hampshire urged to make sure they know rules of cycle lanes

Published by Lettie Buxton at 12:22pm 22nd June 2020. (Updated at 12:00pm 28th June 2020)

Drivers in Surrey and Hampshire are being urged to make sure they know the rules of the road around cycle lanes.

New powers have been granted to local councils to enforce cycle lanes, meaning that since 22 June they have been able to use CCTV vans to record offences. 

It comes as road safety charity IAM RoadSmart says more people are using bikes to avoid public transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart’s director of policy and research, has given some top tips to help ensure drivers know the rules of the road around cycle lanes and where they are allowed to park:

    • Dust off your Highway Code and Know Your Traffic Signs knowledge. You can view both online to make sure you’re familiar with road signs and markings and what they mean. 
    • Rule 140 of the Highway Code is the main one for cycle lane advice. It states: "You must not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable. You must not park in any cycle lane whilst waiting restrictions apply."
    • When it comes to a cycle lane marked with broken white lines, use common sense in relation to the term ‘unavoidable’. While you should not normally cross them, there may be occasions when the confines of space or the nature of traffic dictate that it is unavoidable.
    • It is your responsibility as a driver to check signage on street lights or poles to find out exactly what the parking restrictions are and the hours of operation of the cycle lane. These may have changed since you last visited your town centre. Even if a cycle lane looks temporary, if it has a solid white line it will be mandatory and the parking and stopping advice will apply. 
    • You can ‘pick up and set down passengers’ but that means you must never leave your vehicle unattended or stay too long. Loading information will be on plates or on kerb markings. If in doubt park or load somewhere else.
    • With the introduction of pop-up cycle lanes and other initiatives to promote walking and cycling and keep public transport use to a minimum, check before you head out on the roads. Your local roads may be familiar to you, but they may have changed since you last ventured out on them.

Neil continued:

"Watch out for more cyclists than before on our roads.

"They have no airbags, crumple zones or seatbelts to protect them.

"Treat them the way you would want to be treated.

"It is important to give people the space - at least 1.5m - they need to use the road.

"At this time you should also expect a wider range of ages and abilities as more people try it out for the first time to avoid public transport."

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