Following the 2020 public consultation, the UK government has made changes to the UK Highway Code on 29th January 2022. What does this mean for cyclists and pedestrians?
Most of the changes to the code were made with cyclists and pedestrians in mind: Cars now must give way at junctions and crossings; cyclists and pedestrians being deemed more vulnerable.
In shared spaces between cyclists and pedestrians, cyclists should be mindful of the people walking and not pass them at high speed. At crossings and junctions, cyclists must give way to pedestrians but have priority over cars.
How about in Europe?
With the new rules in place, the UK Highway Code is now aligned more closely with European regulations on the road. In France, cars and cyclists have been giving way to pedestrians since 2010.
Different rules apply for different countries, if you are going on a trip be sure to always check the local guidelines. In Spain for example, you are not allowed to ride on bus lanes or wear headphones while cycling. In Germany, children under 8 must always ride on the sidewalk, not on the road or a bicycle lane. You are not allowed to ride two abreast in Greece, and helmets are mandatory in Finland.
You might also want to make sure you know and understand the road signs of the country you are cycling in, as they are all different. Here are some European examples:
Wherever you are, wherever your journey takes you, remember to be mindful of others on the road!