The Government’s decision to allow camera enforcement of cycle lanes (‘CCTV powers for mandatory cycle lanes’ LTT 12 Jun) sounds like a big step forward but sadly the UK has few mandatory cycle lanes to enforce. Almost all lanes are advisory because they are easier to install.
Even if the DfT could wave a magic wand and make them all mandatory overnight, they would still end prematurely (every time a junction or pinch point occurs) and be too narrow to be safe – drivers pass cyclists closer where there are sub-standard cycle lanes.
Many existing UK cycle lanes are worse than nothing, see the attached photo. Why on earth did they bother to repaint this absurdly narrow old advisory lane?
A lot more work is required to create good safe cycle lanes: two metres is the minimum width required to allow overtaking within the lane / track (not 1.5 metres as often recommended).
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