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Cycle lanes...

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Have any of you started cycling in an attempt to get fit just recently, like I have? If so, please make sure you understand and comply with the advice in the Highway Code...especially in relation to cycle lanes!

Here’s what happened to me today. There I was, minding my own business, cycling along, when a driver shouted at me as she (Yes, hate to admit it was a female!), drove past,

“Use the f*****g cycle lane!”

Thankfully, what she said really didn’t affect my cycling in any way, but her comment really did irritate the heck out of me! Enough for me to write this!
What I can only presume that driver thought...and many others think also...is that cyclists should always use the cycle lane.
However, as all drivers and road users should be aware of and in accordance to the Highway Code, cycle lanes ARE NOT COMPULSORY! And just yesterday, I was shoted at by another cyclist...who was using the cycle lane...telling me off for not using it!

So, I'd like ask you to please show a bit of respect for your fellow road users, thank you!

Cycle Lanes. These are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the carriageway (see Rule 140). Keep within the lane when practicable. When leaving a cycle lane check before pulling out that it is safe to do so and signal your intention clearly to other road users. Use of cycle lanes is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.

Cycle lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable. You MUST NOT park in any cycle lane whilst waiting restrictions apply.
Law RTRA sects 5 & 8

Highway Code

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