I am constantly seeing people on bicycles cycling in and out of traffic, up and off the pavement and complete disregard for traffic signals. In light of this, I have listed below the legal aspects of owning a pushbike. It is not a legal requirement to wear a helmet but I think it is an absolute necessity considering the drivers of this day and age so will make it an unofficial commandment. If you’re looking for a new bike, helmet, or accessories check out Global Bike. If not, then keep reading.
1. Night Time Cycling
Whilst riding at night you must have a red illuminated light on the back and a white illuminated light at the front of your cycle. Your bike must also have a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors, (white front reflectors are not a legal requirement but are a good idea). Although flashing lights are allowed I think it’s a bit of common sense to keep your lights on a steady beam, do you really want to be distracting someone driving towards you in a metal cage?
Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24.
2. Cycle Tracks
Cycle tracks are there to keep you safe from the traffic, they can be found either on the road, level with the pavement, or completely separate from both. Cyclists and pedestrians may be segregated or they may share the same space (unsegregated). When you use a segregated track, you MUST stick to the side for cyclists, because the pedestrian side remains a pavement. Take care when passing pedestrians, especially children, older or disabled people, and allow them plenty of room. Always be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary.
Law HA 1835 sect 72
3. Though Shall Not Cycle On Pavements
This one is clear and concise. You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement.
Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A 1984, sect 129
4. Cycle Sense
You MUST NOT
◦ Give ‘dubbies’ unless your cycle has been built or adapted to do so.
◦ hold onto a moving van or car
◦ ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner
◦ ride when under the influence of drink or drugs, including medicine.
Law RTA 1988 sects 24, 26, 28, 29 & 30 as amended by RTA 1991
5. Traffic Signs
It is a legal requirement to obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD reg 10(1)
6. Traffic Lights
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. Seriously how stupid can you be? Tearing out through a red light into crossing traffic.
Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10 & 36(1)
7. Cycle Crossings
Cycle-only crossings (not the Toucan Crossings). Cycle tracks on opposite sides of the road may be linked by signaled crossings. You may ride across but you MUST NOT cross until the green cycle symbol is showing.
Law TSRGD regs 33(2) & 36(1)
8. Cycle Brakes
You MUST ensure your brakes are efficient and at night, use lit front and rear lights and have a red rear reflector.
Laws PCUR regs 6 & 10 & RVLR reg 18
Should Have Stopped At The Lights Sunshine! You’re Nicked