Cotswold Bike Box Hire welcomes the changes to the Highway Code that came into effect from 29 January 2022.
There is now a new “road user hierarchy” meaning drivers of vehicles (such as cars, vans, buses and lorries) must be extra careful around those lower in the hierarchy, such as cyclists and pedestrians:
- New Rule H1 ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to other road users. The objective of the hierarchy is not to give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders in every situation but rather to ensure a more mutually respectful and considerate culture of safe and effective road use that benefits all users.
- New Rule H2 to create clearer and stronger priorities for pedestrians, particularly at junctions, and clarify where pedestrians have right of way.
- New Rule H3 which places a requirement on drivers to give priority to cyclists when they are turning into or out of a junction, or changing direction or lane, just as they would to other motor vehicles.
Cyclists, horse riders and horse drawn vehicles likewise have a responsibility to reduce danger to pedestrians. Cyclists should give way to pedestrians on shared use cycle tracks. Only pedestrians may use the pavement. This includes people using wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Pedestrians may use any part of the road and use cycle tracks as well as the pavement, unless there are signs prohibiting pedestrians.
Motorists should not cut across cyclists going ahead when turning into or out of a junction or changing direction or lane, This applies whether cyclists are using a cycle lane or cycle track, or riding ahead on the road.