Posts Tagged ‘Cycle Law’

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57% of UK cyclists jump red lights?!

Monday May 14, 2012

Lies, damn lies, and statistics about red light jumping

Do 57% of UK cyclists jump red lights? One motoring organisation claims so – on very flimsy evidence…

Full story over at the Guardian

 

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BBC News: Dangerous Cycling

Wednesday April 13, 2011

MPs could introduce a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling. But how much of a danger do these two-wheeled travellers really pose?” [BBC News]

… continued over on the BBC News site.

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Anti-Helmet

Monday March 14, 2011

Guardian LogoCycling groups launch petition against Northern Ireland bike helmet law

Campaigners say the law would deter cyclists which would affect public health, the environment and traffic levels. [Guardian]

I’m against compulsory cycle-helmets.  I don’t want one, I don’t need one.  If I’m cylcing on a racing/road bike then I would probably get one due to the speed of the ride, but when I’m on my Trek or Dahon I don’t want to wear a helmet.

My ‘helmet or not’ poll is still running…

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US Cycle Law

Friday September 19, 2008

I think we in the UK have it pretty easy!  Having previously checked out our cycle laws, I thought I’d have a quick look at the cycle law in the United States… it’s not quite as straight forward as over here.

Although I haven’t read and compared each, most States have their own cycle laws – as shown by MassBike’s State Law page.  Hmm, it all looks pretty complex.  But, I suppose if you live in one State then you’re just going to ride in your locality.  I doubt the laws really change too much state by state but you never know…  I wonder if the people who cycle the US, coast to coast, actually check out the changing laws along their route?

I like this one in Massachusetts, seems fair:

You may ride on sidewalks outside business districts, unless local laws prohibit sidewalk riding.

I do, however, prefer the simplicity of the UK Highway Code – it can’t get much clearer than that little book.

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Cycling and the UK Law

Monday August 4, 2008

Whilst reading up on the legal requirements for bike lights, I found the Highway Code’s section on Rules for Cyclists.

It gives a lot of advice but the following are Law.

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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. 

[Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24)]

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You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement.

[Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A 1984, sect 129]

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You MUST NOT

  • carry a passenger unless your cycle has been built or adapted to carry one
  • hold onto a moving vehicle or trailer
  • ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner
  • ride when under the influence of drink or drugs, including medicine

[Law RTA 1988 sects 24, 26, 28, 29 & 30 as amended by RTA 1991]

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You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.

[Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD reg 10(1)]

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You MUST NOT cross the stop line when the traffic lights are red. Some junctions have an advanced stop line to enable you to wait and position yourself ahead of other traffic (see Rule 178).

[Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10 & 36(1)]

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Cycle-only crossings. Cycle tracks on opposite sides of the road may be linked by signalled crossings. You may ride across but you MUST NOT cross until the green cycle symbol is showing.

[Law TSRGD regs 33(2) & 36(1)]

 

Obviously you should also read all the other sections of the Highway Code too!

The above laws were copied from the Directgov website on the 2nd of August 2008.  Always check the official Highway Code for the latest applicable laws.

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Lights and Fittings – Part II

Saturday August 2, 2008

The Cateye TL-LD150 arrived this morning from Tredz.  Quite a small light, shown in the photo below next to a 10p piece.  The light fits easily into the Cateye bracket I fitted to the Dahon earlier this week.

As with most LED lights these days, it offers a number of ‘on modes’, constant and a few different flashing modes.  A good light to replace the front reflector, it’s light, small yet still warns other road users of your presence.

It should be noted though that the box has a UK notice sticker on it stating “When used for cycling, the enclosed light(s) should be used in conjunction with (a) British standard 6102/3 cycle light(s)“.  The sun is setting around 9pm at the moment so lights on the bike aren’t too important, but as winter draws in they will definitely become a requirement.  As I’m planning on using the Dahon for commuting the three miles to/from work I have been thinking about the above statement and the laws relating to bike lights.  The entire route is on roads which have street lights so I don’t necessarily need a light to ‘see’, but what exactly are the legal requirements???

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. 

[Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24]

Taken from the Highway Code, sections 59-82 Rules for Cyclists

Right, so I do not need to buy another light!  But my plan is to see how things go, I may invest in a Cateye HL-EL450 over the winter.

Cateye TL-LD150

Cateye TL-LD150

Supplied Brackets

Supplied Brackets

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Lights and Fittings

Thursday July 31, 2008

Due to the hot weather and other commitments, I’ve been going out quite late in the evening for some ‘quiet time’ by the river and in the parks.  As a result, it begins to get dark on the cycle home so I’ve been thinking about getting some lights for the Dahon.

I managed to find my Cateye TL-LD600 rear light which I bought about three years ago and barely used.  This light is in ‘as new’ condition so there was no need to buy a new rear light but I had to order a front light so I opted for the Cateye TL-LD150 front light (not delivered at time of writing, order from Tredz).

The next thought was how to mount these lights.  Fortunately these two lights use Cateye’s quick release system so all I needed were the correct mounting fixtures.  The two lights do come with their own mounting fixtures but I didn’t think they’d be suitable for the Dahon (and I’d lost the mount for the TL-LD600).  So, onto the Wiggle website for some Cateye Spare Parts.

Fortunately, the reflectors already fitted on the Dahon D7HG are Cateye so all I needed to do at the front was remove the reflector from the reflector bracket (one screw) and attach the Cateye LD120/500…1000 Tail Light Bracket.  The front reflector bracket on the Dahon is in two parts: the part attached to the Dahon frame and the part attached to the reflector itself.  This means that you can remove the reflector and easily replace it with the Light Bracket.

To fit the rear light, I removed the rear reflector and used a Cateye Rear Carrier Mount in its place.  This was, due to the nature of the Dahon rear reflector mount, secured with two black cable ties.  Although not as great as screws, the ties seem to be good enough – after all they were included with the Cateye mount.  The slight flexibility in the cable ties enables the mount to move forward slightly to facilitate insertion and removal of the light, it’s tight but it does work.  If the mount was fastened with screws then it would be impossible to remove the light in the way intended.

So, the D7HG is now ready for some night riding – the nights are already drawing in.

Front Reflector

Front Reflector

New Front Bracket

New Front Bracket

Bracket Fitted On Original Mount

Bracket Fitted On Original Mount

Rear Light Fitted

Rear Light Fitted

Rear Light

Rear Light

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