By user12625760 on Sep 29, 2007
It is finally out. It still contains the victim blaming sections on wearing “bright” cloths and the ridiculous helmet suggestions (rule 59), and the very bad advice about cycling around roundabouts (rule 77). At least the sections on cycle paths are better than the original suggestions (rules 61 & 63).
There is a small furore about rule 148 which appears to ban Smoking while driving, which IMO is a good thing, if you are controlling a ton of metal then you should concentrate on controlling the vehicle so that you do not present a danger to other road users, which includes pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. Luckily the smoking lobby was not as good as the cycling lobby when the Highway code was in it's consultation phase.
One thing I can't grasp is why the URL has changed from the easy to remember http://www.highwaycode.gov.uk to the not so easy http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/index.htm. I just hope they leave the redirection inplace.