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Cycle law

Cycle law

it is against the law to cycle on pavements in the UK. It states under the Highway Code Rule 64 that as a cyclist, you must not cycle on the pavement. This is also backed up by law, under the Highway Act 1835, and Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

What do I if I am riding at night?

At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.

Can I use bus lanes?

Most bus lanes may be used by cyclists as indicated on signs. Watch out for people getting on or off...

Are there any rules on what clothes I should wear?

You should avoid clothes that may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights...

Do I need to be visible at night?

At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber...

How do cycle routes and other facilities work?

Cycle lanes are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the carriageway (see Rule 140). Use facilities such...

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