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Do cyclists ever break the speed limit?

Melissa Henry, communications director at Sustrans, the UK charity of cyclists and pedestrians, gave me a staunch defence for us self-propelled wheelers: For most cyclists getting up to, let alone breaking the speed limit, is unlikely. The majority of people apply common sense to situations they face on the road.

Is it normal for taxi drivers to shout at cyclists?

While it is not unheard of to be shouted at by a taxi driver, for all that they might object to about cyclists, the one thing you wouldnt expect is to be asked to slow down. But a colleague told me he experienced that very thing this week when cycling quickly to work through Southwark. Coincidence?

Should you cycle on the road or on a cycle path?

Archive notes on the Department of Transport code of conduct for cyclists gives general advice on using cycle paths, particularly those shared with pedestrians, suggesting if you want to cycle quickly, say in excess of 18mph/30 kph, then you should be riding on the road. So – going fast? Then the road is the place to be.

How dangerous is it to cycle on the road?

So, fellow cyclists, be careful out there. Dont be dangerous. Its difficult to break speed limits, especially when theres traffic or traffic lights, but even if you do, on normal roads such penalties only apply to motor vehicles.

Are cyclists legally obliged to adhere to speed limits?

So, while technically cyclists are not legally obliged to adhere to speed limits, in practice it is obviously the sensible and safer option – although of course the prospect of most cyclists ever reaching, let alone breaking the speed limit, is unlikely.

How dangerous is it to cycle on the road?

So, fellow cyclists, be careful out there. Dont be dangerous. Its difficult to break speed limits, especially when theres traffic or traffic lights, but even if you do, on normal roads such penalties only apply to motor vehicles.

What is the speed limit for bicycles on a restricted road?

Speed limits listed in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and also Rule 124 of the Highway Code relate to motor vehicles and not to bicycles. “It shall not be lawful for a person to drive a motor vehicle on a restricted road at a speed exceeding 30 miles per hour.

Why cant you be charged for speeding on a bicycle in UK?

The reason you cant normally be convicted of speeding in the UK isnt because you are assumed not to know your speed. Its simply because the act of parliament that bans speeding refers to motor vehicles, and bicycles are not motor vehicles.

How dangerous is road cycling?

According to Cycling UK, approximately 60 per cent of the British public consider it too dangerous a risk to take. In short: it generally isn’t, and bike accident statistics reflect that. Designated lanes are always ideal, but for the most part, road cycling is much safer than you think.

How many cyclists die from cycling each year?

Cycling statistics provided by the National Travel Survey showed that one cycling fatality occurred every nine million bike rides, and that the risk of any injury while riding was just 5 per cent for 1,000 hours of cycling.

Is it safe to cycle past a parked car?

When cycling past parked cars, it is safer to move out little further into the road so you are out of the range of any doors, should they be suddenly opened. It’s important to make your intentions clear when you want to turn at a junction.

How can I Stay Safe on the road when cycling?

If you are cycling in a group, it is helpful to call out - or point to - any hazards you notice. Many eyes are better than just one set, and it will mean any manoeuvres to avoid the hazard can be taken safely by everyone. Another hazard particularly relevant to cyclists is people opening their car doors into the road.

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