Once again the ‘thick’ media have gone nuts about changes to the Highway Code. Some stupid journalists have even claimed that cyclists and pedestrians will, be able to weave across roads, with drivers held responsible for every mishap.
This is utter nonsense.
Cyclists won’t be all over the place
Cyclists should use the centre of the lane, and even then only at certain times, for example approaching junctions or on narrow sections of roads, where a car overtaking would cause danger. This is a change to the code, but it’s not new, or even new guidance. Cyclists have been advised for years to take what is known as the “primary position” at such times.
Riding two abreast
Cyclists have always been allowed to ride two abreast – it is often much safer to do so. The old version of the code says people should ‘never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads’, which was a bit vague. The code will now say: ‘You can ride two abreast and it can be safer to do so, particularly in larger groups or when accompanying children or less experienced riders.’
Again, no change, just clearer text. Cyclists ‘may exercise their judgment and are not obliged to use them.
Pedestrians at crossings
One of the most debated changes is that drivers about to turn into a junction should now give way to pedestrians ‘crossing or waiting to cross’ that road. That’s what good drivers do anyway.