The NEW Highway Code rules will go into effect on January 29, 2022, giving cyclists more power on the road.
Motorists will now need to be more alert to cyclists around them and give way in places they never needed to be before.
Bicyclists will now have priority on the roads like never before.
This is because a new “road user hierarchy” is being introduced, ranking road users in terms of how vulnerable they are to an accident.
After pedestrians, cyclists do the least harm on the road, meaning drivers must be extra careful around these two groups of road users.
In history, Highway code never specifically said where cyclists should go on the road, with most choosing to ride on the left, next to the curb.
Now, cyclists must stay in the middle of the road to ensure that they are visible in all situations.
Cyclists also recommend taking two laps to increase visibility for surrounding drivers.
Cars that want to turn left or right will now have to give way to cyclists behind who want to go straight.
The new rule reads: “You must not interrupt a cyclist, horseback, or horse-drawn carriage ahead when you are turning into or out of an intersection or changing directions or lanes.”
When motorists pass a cyclist, they must leave a clearance of at least 1.5 meters at speeds up to 30 km/h.
If you’re driving over 30 mph, you must provide extra space for cyclists, although a specific distance has not been given.
There will also be additional rules for drivers and cyclists using detours.
Rule 186 says: “You [drivers] Priority should be given to cyclists entering the roundabout. They will move slower than motorized traffic. “
Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns at Cycling UK said: “The Highway Code changes are positive for all road users, but especially for vulnerable road users including cyclists. “
However, Duncan wants the government to do more to push for the changes.
“In a week’s time, our Highway Code will change for the better, but these changes will only benefit if the public doesn’t know about them,” he said.
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