What Highway Code says about cycle lanes

MULTIPLE cycle lanes are appearing all over Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Dorset.

Cycle lanes opened in recent months include through Kings Park and along Whitelegg Way and Leigh Road.

An increase in sustainable travel routes, means our roads are transforming to improve journeys for cyclists and pedestrians in a bid to get more of us out of our cars.

But what are the rules for cyclists and drivers in relation to cycle lanes?

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“Cycle lanes are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the carriageway. Use facilities such as cycle lanes and tracks, advanced stop lines and toucan crossings where they make your journey safer and easier.

“This will depend on your experience and skills and the situation at the time. While such facilities are provided for reasons of safety, cyclists may exercise their judgment and are not obliged to use them.”

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“Cycle lanes are shown by road markings and signs. 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. You should give way to any cyclists in a cycle lane, including when they are approaching from behind you – do not cut across them when you are turning or when you are changing lane.

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“Be prepared to stop and wait for a safe gap in the flow of cyclists before crossing the cycle lane. Cycle tracks are routes for cyclists that are physically protected or located away from motor traffic, other than where they cross side roads. Cycle tracks may be shared with pedestrians.

“You should give way to cyclists approaching or using the cycle track when you are turning into or out of a junction.

“Be prepared to stop and wait for a safe gap in the flow of cyclists before crossing the cycle track, which may be used by cyclists traveling in both directions. Bear in mind that cyclists are not obliged to use cycle lanes or cycle tracks.”

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