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Cyclists hit ‘ignorant’ motorists as new regulations could spark ‘slide of lawsuits’

MOTORISTS is facing “a series of lawsuits” after the new Highway Code Rule went into effect.

It has left many cyclists branded as “ignorant” drivers when they are forced out into the middle of the road.

Cyclists are now allowed to ride in the center lane

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Cyclists are now allowed to ride in the center laneCredit: Rick Findler / Story Picture Agency
But motorists are being accused of not understanding the new regulations

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But motorists are being accused of not understanding the new regulationsCredit: w8media
An angry cyclist records his encounter with a motorist on the road

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An angry cyclist records his encounter with a motorist on the roadCredit: TWITTER

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The cycling law There’s been a major overhaul in the Highway Code – and one of the big changes is around clarity about where cyclists should be on the road.

Cyclists can now ride in center of lanein some cases.

Attorney Nick Freeman has criticized the new road rules, saying that going against what drivers already know is likely to cause a road accident.

He believes that initiating these changes could lead to more lawsuits while putting motorists and pedestrians in vulnerable positions.

He told the Daily Mail: “Whoever says that pedestrians have the power to step in front of cars at a junction and get priority is right.

“Or let a cyclist dominate the road when we have limited space, huge congestion, this is the most congested city in the world (London) because of the bike lanes,” you don’t need to use bike lanes. You ride a bike, sit in the middle of the road and pick us up and we’ll patiently sit behind you.”

For many, they have only just become aware of the changes, and Mr. Freeman fears others will not care.

“It’s so drastic that there will be a lot of problems, a lot of people will go to court, see lawyers, say I don’t know this, it’s your fault,” he said.

UK cyclists have since shared their first experience riding in the middle of the road under the new rules to keep them safe.

While some notice little or no difference, others are furious that motorists still don’t know what the new rules mean.

One person wrote: “Two drivers didn’t wait for me at the junction this morning while I was walking straight on the bike path.”

“Let’s hope a public information campaign about the new rules begins soon.”

Another cyclist, whose clip has garnered thousands of views on Twitter, added: “Does anyone know if the proposed changes to the Highway Code include advice on not encroaching on bike lane when a cyclist is oncoming or not.”

Meanwhile, motorists also took to social media to offer two cents on the issue.

One motorist wrote: “Where is the point of London bike lanes taking up half the road if the new Highway Code gives cyclists priority?”

Another said: “Since there is now a regulation on the Highway Code specifically for cyclists – when do cyclists have to pay road tax and have to pay insurance?

“My car was damaged by a cyclist – broken mirror and scratched front wing (cyclist safe & uninjured) and I had to pay for the repair.”

The third added: “I live in the hole that is London and all that is new #HighwayCode The rules will make driving here from an unpleasant experience to a nightmare.

“And the rule that cyclists don’t need to use bike lanes? What is it there for? Decorate?

Rule 72 of the Highway Code now says: “Drive in the middle of your lane, so you can see as clearly as possible, in the following situations:

“On quiet roads or streets – if a faster car comes behind you, move left to let them pass, if you can safely do so.

“When traffic moves slower – when traffic around you begins to move more freely, move to the left if you can safely do so so that faster vehicles behind can can pass.

“At an intersection or a narrow street where it would be unsafe for a driver to pass you.”

When the driver wants pass cycliststhey must leave at least 1.5 meters of space at speeds up to 30 mph.

At higher speeds, the driver should give the cyclist more space.

Drivers must not cross cyclists or horseback riders, and proceed straight ahead when planning to turn into or out of an intersection.

Rule 186 will also give priority to cyclists when it comes to traffic roundabout.

Cyclists in London yesterday on the first day of the new Highway Code rules to protect cyclists

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Cyclists in London yesterday on the first day of the new Highway Code rules to protect cyclistsCredit: Tom Bowles
Cyclists are asked to keep themselves as visible as possible

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Cyclists are asked to keep themselves as visible as possibleCredit: Tom Bowles
New Highway Code rule change affects roundabouts, intersections and car doors as bicyclists have priority

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8286165/cyclists-slam-ignorant-drivers-new-highway-code-rules/ Cyclists hit ‘ignorant’ motorists as new regulations could spark ‘slide of lawsuits’

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