As winter approaches, cyclists need to be doubly cautious on the roads and make sure to follow all traffic laws. If drivers and pedestrians need to obey the law, the same goes for cyclists.
For this reason, we’d like to remind you of the main rules and regulations of the Highway Code that apply to cyclists.
The list below is not exhaustive, so make sure to brush up on the Highway Code before you take to the roads.
- Be respectful: The rules are made to improve traffic flow and interactions with drivers.
- Use hand signals to indicate your next move (arm outstretched to the left for a left turn, arm outstretched to the right for a right turn, glance over your shoulder before passing or moving out of your lane). These signals are the only way to warn drivers of your intentions.
- Obey traffic lights and road signs: They apply to everyone on the road (drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists), so you need to pay attention to them.
- Drive in a straight line and single-file whenever possible, to prevent traffic jams and avoid accidents.
- Do not drive on the sidewalk, which is for pedestrians only.
- If you haven’t already, install a front and rear light on your bike so that drivers can see you more clearly. In the winter, this is mandatory and highly recommended to avoid accidents.
- As when driving a car, alcohol is strictly prohibited when cycling! A police officer could order you to take a breathalyzer test, and you could be issued a ticket.
These rules are mandatory for cyclists, as well as for drivers and pedestrians. When everyone obeys the law, we all have better insight into our neighbours’ intentions, which prevents conflicts. This can only make cycling more enjoyable.
Are you aware of these rules? Do you follow them consistently? Feel free to send us your comments on the subject.