Who’s lane is it anyway?

A bugbear and source of confusion for – I’m willing to assume – a large proportion of cyclists. Bike lanes. Whose are they?

I’m going to take another not-so-wild stab in the dark here and say that, as a cyclist, you’ve probably been crept up on and surprised by motorcycles of varying CCs in the bike lane/entering the bike box.

For a long time I felt frustrated by unsure of the regulations around this (basically, I didn’t know if I’d be justified in shouting at the motorcyclists or not). The rules around this are really patchy, particularly in London, with the actual enforcement even worse.

The nearest to the regulations that is outlined in the Highway Code are as follows:


Cycle lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable. You MUST NOT park in any cycle lane whilst waiting restrictions apply.


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