This Blog is about sharing the space we have together as the roads are for everyone.
Whilst the designs may vary around the country the rules regarding cyclists and cycle lanes do not. There are certain areas where the Highway Code has not kept up with the changes in road design and possibly some drivers have not improved their knowledge since the introduction of the cycle lanes in Enfield.
A "Tiger Crossing" combines a pedestrian zebra with a crossing for people on bikes. They are called "Tiger" because early versions had yellow stipes on black tarmac.
Now people on bikes get the same priority as do pedestrians on the zebra.
This video shows a Tiger Crossing being used in Kingston.
Entering Cycle Lanes:
The majority of cycle lanes in Enfield are boardered by a solid white line. The highway code is clear in regards to the rules. Rule 140
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.
keep as close to the left as is safe and practicable, give way to any vehicles using a bus lane, cycle lane or tramway from either direction.
There are a few exemptions thou.
Council maintenance vehicles, including refuse trucks, are allowed to enter the lanes but only where necessary to complete their duties and not simply to drive or park.
Blue Badge holders are allowed to use the cycle lanes to pick up or drop off but not to park or wait, along with Dial a Ride Buses.
Rules may vary between councils and local knowledge should be invested before visiting other areas.
Some areas of the cycle lanes are separated for loading and unloading outside of peak periods. These are clearly marked and may be used.
Should you want more information about the Cycle Lanes in Enfield then visit Cycle Enfield.