RULE 140: Cycle Lanes

WAS: You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane

Cycle lanes. These 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.

NOW: Use the ‘Green Undertaking Lane’

When traffic has come to a standstill (or for motorcyclists, when you are unable to filter between traffic lanes), you may be able to make use of the ‘Green Undertaking Lane’ (indicated by the symbol of a push bike). According to the Department for Transport and rule 140 of the Highway Code, technically you MUST NOT drive or park in a mandatory cycle lane. However, as with Advanced Stop Lines, these road markings can be ignored with almost complete confidence that breach of this rule will not be enforced. It is appropriate to filter into the bike lane at any time, whether or not there is a moving stream of cyclists currently using the lane. Cutting in front of moving cyclists is perfectly acceptable, if not preferable in order to remind cyclists of the road users’ hierarchy. Most bike lanes are not yet designed to accommodate motor vehicles, so you may become ‘stuck’, effectively blocking off the lane to cyclists behind you. In case they do not welcome this rest point you have provided them, rev your engine to reinforce the road users’ hierarchy.

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