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It’s in the Code
8:46am Thursday 17th May 2012 in Letters
I NOTE the correspondence, in these pages and in the online comments on your website, to do with the new cycle lane on Blossom Street heading out of town, some of which has referred to cyclists riding outside of the cycle lane. This lane passes cobbled bays outside the various takeaway premises on Blossom Street. Despite the bays being clearly marked with double yellow lines they are, at many times of the day – not least during the evening rush hour – full of parked cars.
To quote from Rule 67 of the Highway Code, cyclists should “look well ahead for obstructions in the road, such as drains, potholes and parked vehicles so that you do not have to swerve suddenly to avoid them” and “leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles and watch out for doors being opened or pedestrians stepping into your path”. Since an opened car door reaches almost the full width of the cycle lane, a cyclist leaving “plenty of room” must inevitably ride outside of it. Cyclists doing so are not, therefore, selfish, or deliberately holding up traffic, as some writers have suggested; they are merely following the Highway Code.
Adrian Setter, Barnfield Way, Copmanthorpe, York.
• CYCLISTS should not cycle on the pavement unless on a designated cycle path. But if motorists would be more considerate to cyclists, they would feel safer on the roads.
So come on, drivers – give cyclists a chance and they will not have an excuse to ride on the footpaths. The solution is in your hands – you are driving the car.
John Farley, York Institute of Advanced Motorists, Sycamore Close, Slingsby, York.