Rule change to make cycling contraflow easier
A change to the DfT's signing rules will make it easier for councils to allow cyclists to travel in both directions along streets that have been converted to one-way, according to London Cycling Campaign (LCC).
The rule that forbade local authorities from adding an 'except cyclists' sign to existing ‘No Entry’ signs is expected to be removed in 2011.
Councils wanting to allow cyclists to cycle in a contraflow direction have until recently been expected to build expensive engineering measures to create a dedicated contraflow cycle lane at the entry point to the one-way street.
Alternatively, they have had the option to use ‘no motor vehicles’ signs, but these are not popular as many motorists do not understand what the 'flying motorcycle' means.
LCC says the DfT's decision comes after successful trials of the new signs in several London boroughs. The new rules will apply across Britain.
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