Highway Code Success

Success. Well at first glance this appears to be success. According to the CTC the Department for Motorists Transport have agreed to change the wording of 40 of the rules in the new Highway code including the notorious Cycle lane rules. Here is what the CTC claim the new rules will be:

Rule 61: Cycle Facilities. Use cycle routes, advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings unless at the time it is unsafe to do so. Use of these facilities is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.

Rule 63: Cycle Lanes. These are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the carriageway. When using a cycle lane, keep within the lane when practicable. When leaving a cycle lane check before pulling out that it is safe to do so and signal your intention clearly to other road users. Use of these facilities is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.

Now the CTC are claiming that this is “Following a high-profile campaign from CTC” which is a bizarre way to describe a campaign driven by the internet and the Cambridge Cycling Campaign where the CTC has been almost silent. I'm thinking of joining the Cambridge Cycling Campaign even though I live in Surrey.

I look forward to seeing the other rules that have been improved. I wonder if the Helmet advice has been dropped as well. I live in hope but not expectation. Still the cycle facility rules, if true, are actually better than the old rules in the code. Fancy that, the code actually getting better.

Anyway the CTC are still asking people to sign the petition so if you have not yet please join the 20,856 who have.

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