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Rule change to make cycling contraflow easier

Monday 10th January 2011

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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In Bruge (Belgium) you can ride in parks, up one way streets, pretty much anywhere. Cycling is part of thier lives. Vehicles travel with caution and respect and pedestrians, cyclists, and children on bikes enjoy the liberation of not feeling like they are pinned to the edges of the street or about to knocked over....the more contraflow the better. Let's learn from our European neighbours and make our cities more hospitable and make vehicles travel more gingerly...
Mark, Devon

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Some people say that they are against cycling on pavements but also oppose cyclist contraflow.

Allowing cyclists to travel against the main traffic stream on the carriageway reduces the number of them cycling in the same direction on the pavement.
George Riches, Coventry

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You know, we may never know just how many accidents will be caused by a cyclist riding up a one way street, the wrong way, because after being involved in an accident say with a pedestrian the cyclist is under no obligation to STOP AND GIVE ANY DETAILS he can ride away with impunity and know that nothing can be done against him. That's like a hoody knifing someone in the back and then walking away.

I am fed up with this incessant whining by the cycle organisations wanting this and wanting that.... and in most cases getting it. Its been going on since roads were made.

I wonder how the Victorians went on in the late 1800's when the roads were full of people [walking about like charley chaplin] smoking and wearing hats and omnibuses and trams and other vehicles and amongst all this there were bikes.

The bikes were on the road as well and laws were made to protect other road users by making it illegal for bicycles to be ridden on the pavements.

So like john wayne says 'GET OFF YOUR BIKE AND WALK' That's if you want to use the pavements and crossings and remember walking is green and its good for you, particularly if you are pushing a bike.

With the advent of 20 mph streets in towns then riding a bike would be less fraught with danger, lets see how that goes before giving away more freedom to the cyclist at the expense of everyone else.

Not Cyclophobic..... but getting there.
Bob Craven, Lancs

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How much back breaking can this government do? Many years ago cyclists were made a special case and are now supported as a green saviour.

Now that they can ride with impunity the wrong way down a one way street as well as on pavements and in pedestrian prescincts and through lights and over pedestrian crossings without any responsibility, licence, tax or identification or insurances. And, and, and. The list becomes endless and all this without costing the government or any council any monies whatsoever.

Where will it all end? Millions were spent on well meaning cycle paths. Next I think all other vehicles must be excluded to enable more cyclists to enjoy the freedoms that are denied all other road users.

PS: I will be lucky if this is allowed on the forum. But I enjoyed writting it anyway and am sure that many others feel the same.
Bob Craven, Lancs

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