Cyclist Road Rules
The Highway Code has new guidance on shared spaces with cyclists. Cyclists passing those at higher risk on the road hierarchy, such as pedestrians and horses, should slow down while doing so.
Cyclists are advised to ride in the centre of their lane while on roads. This is for improved visibility and to prevent unsafe passes by vehicles. However, this advice does not extend to fast- moving roads where cyclists cannot maintain the same speed as drivers.
Still, cyclists should always maintain a distance of at least 0.5 meters from the curb on busy or fast-moving roads.
Motorists are advised to leave at least 1.5m of space when overtaking cyclists. This is not mandatory but helps to keep cyclists safe.
At a junction, cyclists should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross. Cyclists have priority over traffic waiting to turn when going straight through a junction.
At roundabouts, motorists should give priority to cyclists. Drivers and motorcyclists should not attempt to pass cyclists during a roundabout. Cyclists may stay in the left-hand lane during the roundabout.
Finally, clearer rules on cycling lanes have now been established. It is advised to use them when it makes your journey safer and easier, but it is not mandatory. It depends on individual riders.