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The Highway Code highlights the risks and dangers to vulnerable road users at junctions but makes it clear that responsibility for safety is shared between all road users
The Highway Code highlights the risks and dangers to vulnerable road users at junctions but makes it clear that responsibility for safety is shared between all road users.
Cyclists are warned of the risks and told they should be aware that drivers may not have seen them, while drivers are told to watch out for traffic coming up on the left and warned that cyclists may be hidden from view.
The illustrations below are from Transport for London’s 2013 Driver and Cyclist safety tips campaign.
Advice to cyclists (rules 72 and 73)
Watch out for vehicles turning in front of you, out of or into the side road
Pay particular attention to long vehicles which need a lot of room to manoeuvre and may have to move to the right before turning left.
Don’t be tempted to ride in the space between them and the kerb because the rear wheels come very close to the kerb while turning.
Cyclists, stay back
Advice to all vehicles – drivers and riders (rules 182 and 183)
Use your mirrors and give a left-turn signal well before you turn left.
Drivers, look out for cyclists
Advice to cyclists (rule 74)
Check the traffic to ensure it is safe, then signal and move to the centre of the road. Wait until there is a safe gap in oncoming traffic and give a final look before completing the turn.
It may be safer to
Advice to all vehicles – drivers and riders (rules 179, 180, 181)
Having used your mirrors to make sure you know the position and movement of traffic behind, indicated to show your intention, and then positioned your vehicle just to the left of the middle of the road:
Drivers, look out for cyclists at junctions
Advice to cyclists (rule 71)
You MUST NOT cross the stop line when the traffic lights are red.
Some junctions have an advanced stop line to enable you to wait and position yourself ahead of other traffic.
Cyclists, always stop at red lights
Advice to all vehicles – drivers and riders (rules 175 to 178)
You MUST stop behind the white ‘Stop’ line across your side of the road unless the light is green. If the amber light appears you may go on only if you have already crossed the stop line or are so close to it that to stop might cause a collision.
Do not enter a filter lane unless you want to go in the direction of the arrow. You may proceed in the direction of the green arrow when it, or the full green light shows.
Motorists, leave room for cyclists at traffic lights
Motorists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red.
Avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times, e.g. if the junction ahead is blocked.
If your vehicle has proceeded over the first white line at the time that the signal goes red, you MUST stop at the second white line, even if your vehicle is in the marked area.
Allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows.
Keep up to date with your knowledge of the Highway Code and follow its advice.
(3 December 2013)
The AA broadly supports The Times Cities fit for cycling campaign.
"There has been an explosion of interest in cycling, and we must do all we can to continue to fuel it". Read AA president Edmund King's views on cycling in the AA Magazine.