5 Laws Commonly Broken by Cyclists
The law is pretty clear for cars on the road. However when it comes to cycling, many cyclists are unsure on which laws apply to them. There is no legal requirement for a test to be taken before you jump on a bike and take to the streets but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prosecuted for breaking the relevant laws just like any other road user.
Breaking a road law is no slap on the wrist either, you’re typically looking at a fixed penalty notice of up to £1000.
Here are five laws which cyclists commonly break, sometimes without even knowing.
Passing the White Line at a Red Light
When traffic lights are on red, you must not cross over the white line at all. You will sometimes see an advanced white lines for bicycles, with a line a few feet back for cars. Even if a car has crossed over into the bicycle zone, it is still an offence for you to come forward over your line too.
No Lights in the Dark
Cycling in the dark without proper bike lights and reflectors is illegal. Even if you have high visibility clothing and reflectors alone. Not only is cycling without bike lights very dangerous, if caught by police you could be landed with a fixed penalty notice. The law states that you must have a white front light and a rear red light. It also states that you must have a rear red reflector and amber pedal reflectors.
Not Stopping at a Stop Sign
When you see a stop sign, you must stop before the white line until you have assessed that by moving forward you would not cause another vehicle to alter it’s speed or course. Even if you can see that there are no cars, you must come to a complete stop before continuing.
Cycling on the Pavement
Cycling on the pavement is incredibly dangerous for both cyclists and pedestrians. Can you imagine the consequences of a small child wandering out in front of you as you cycle? Expect severe consequences if you break this law.
Carrying a Passenger
We’ve all doing this as kids. Johnny Jenkins hasn’t brought his bike out and needs a ride home. Not to worry, there’s room on your seat for a passenger! On he hops and you’re on your way. Well, this is illegal. Carrying a passenger on a bike only built to handle one person can be dangerous.