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Highway code Rules 50 and 51

October 8, 2005

Moving on rules 50-51. Rules 50 and 51 I would not change. Adding “where they apply” to rule 50 would cover the common misconception that speed limits apply to cyclists. The signs are actually only for motor vehicles, except in Royal Parks. Though in reality there are very few paces where a cyclist can exceed the limit.

50: You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
Laws RTA 1988 sect 36, TSRGD reg 10(1)

Again no changes for rule 51. Except I would highlight the “more” in “not ride more than two abreast”, not for cyclists but for drivers.

51: You should

  • keep both hands on the handlebars except when signalling or changing gear

  • keep both feet on the pedals

  • not ride more than two abreast

  • ride in single file on narrow or busy roads

  • not ride close behind another vehicle

  • not carry anything which will affect your balance or may get tangled up with your wheels or chain

  • be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Let them know you are there when necessary, for example by ringing your bell.

52 I would beef up with mention of the Primary Position as described in Cyclecraft.

52: You should

  • look all around before moving away from the kerb, turning or manoeuvring, to make sure it is safe to do so. Give a clear signal to show other road users what you intend to do (see Signals to other road users section)

  • look well ahead for obstructions in the road, such as drains, pot-holes and parked vehicles so that you do not have to swerve suddenly to avoid them. Leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles and watch out for doors being opened into your path

  • take extra care near road humps, narrowings and other traffic calming features.

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