Cyclists and pedestrians are to be given right of way over the motorist in the UK

Can someone remind me who pays the taxes again?

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These days our government controlling the small islands within the United Kingdom like the idea of making us go everywhere with less then 4 wheels. Their favourite idea is to get all of us on bicycles. According to them it helps our environment and makes all of us fall in love with each other again without paying for petrol.

Now they are really beginning to force this upon us.

Before these new proposed rules that are outlined below are enforced it must be pointed out that cyclists already get the right of way to go first at an intersection and cycle lanes take up half of the roads these days despite paying exactly £00.00 in tax.

The main focus of the new proposed changes to the highway code is to create a 'hierarchy of road users' where the end result is that they 'ensure those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others.' Basically pedestrians lose responsibility of anything that goes wrong. Cyclists are told to take responsibility of pedestrians but at the end of the day the car drivers are at the end of this chain so chances are that blame for most incidents will be heaped on them.

A​nother example of these changes are found at pedestrian crossings. At the moment the pedestrian only gets right of way if their light goes green or if they are in the middle of crossing the road. In the future if the pedestrian is waiting to cross the road the car driver has to stop to let them cross. It must also be mentioned that at some intersections in London the pedestrians will get the constant green light and motorists will have to wait for them.

C​yclists currently are not legally required to but normally do ride alongside the kerb of the road to stay out of the way of the cars approaching from behind but under the proposed new rules cyclists are to be told to ride in the middle of the road so that they are clearly visible but they are still advised to move across if a car approaches from behind to let them by safely.

T​he last rule is that if you are about to turn at a junction you will now have to wait for a gap in between the cyclists like you would between cars. Basically cyclists are getting at least equal if not more rights then drivers.

T​hese proposals will be put in front of Parliament later this year and written into the highway code next year if approved and based on the current direction of government policies I would be very surprised if they weren’t .A​ll of this is part of a £338 million fund from the department of transport to encourage cycling and walking.

I​t has recieved praise from pro-cycling groups who believe that cyclists haven’t had enough rights on the road for a long time and heaps of criticism from motoring groups who are worried about confusion between road users and lack of communication about the new rules to them which means that people could start to follow two different rule books that makes the roads more dangerous then before. There is also the issue that the government are mainly catering to those who do not pay road tax and that those that do are being neglected.

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Comments (78)

  • Laughs in American*

      1 month ago
    • Explain jaywalking you douche canoe.

        1 month ago
    • It's simple. Use a crosswalk. In 37yrs alive, I've never seen anyone get a ticket for jaywalking either. 🤷‍♂️

        1 month ago
  • This doesn’t sound like a big change to me. I do think cyclists should stay at the side of the road, and a constant green for pedestrians isn’t a bad idea, but having to stop to let a pedestrian cross is kinda ridiculous. Actually it’s bat-shit crazy

      1 month ago
    • We've been stopping for jaywalkers here in the US for my entire life. Pedestrians have the right of way. It's a crime to not use the crosswalk, but they almost never enforce it unless you're blatantly stopping traffic by crossing in the...

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        1 month ago
    • If you’re already in the road then the pedestrian has right of way (that’s always been the rule here), but you don’t have to stop to let someone cross who’s waiting at the side of the road (unless they’re at a zebra or pelican crossing)

        1 month ago
  • That’s completely idiotic and dangerous. Cyclists have now to drive on the middle of the road??? Hello? Anyone?? Now I don’t live in the UK, but if I, I would be very angry. I also ride the bicycle and I don’t want to drive in the middle because it’s just a matter of time that a mad driver hits me. Only really mad and dumb vegans on bicycles will risk their life for this. Roads are made for cars, not for bicycles. In fact, they shouldn’t even be allowed on the roads because it’s dangerous. The government should pay for roads extra FOR bicycles, not to build them in the normal roads. Cyclists will just slow down the traffic unnecessarily. This cyclist zone is ridiculous, go on the right (or left wherever you live) and stay out of the cars way. It’s for your own safety, especially nowadays where every driver for some reason have to use their phone while driving. This rule would just make car drivers angry and annoyed, which will cause more accidents.

      1 month ago
    • Honestly I love cycling and I strongly disagree with riding a bike in the middle of the street because that’s more dangerous and you’re also holding up traffic. I think the current system of sticking to the curb/ side of the road is much...

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        1 month ago
  • That's really dumb, they'll just hold everyone up.

    And the big cyclist zone in front of the lights in the picture is absolutely ridiculous

      1 month ago
    • Nooo the cyclists zone is perfect if you need to turn left

        1 month ago
    • Well if you want to turn left you either just stay on your side of the road, stick your arm out and then turn left once you can, or you get off your bicycle and use the pedestrians' lights or the best solution is to just stay off the main roads if...

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        1 month ago
  • Pedestrians have had right of way here in Canada seemingly forever. It works well. Bikes have the same rights and responsibilities of all vehicles on the road which works fine until someone installs bikepaths and expects cyclists to use them.

      1 month ago
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