The Highway Code and the Law

The Highway Code and the law apply to cyclists as well as other road users. Cyclists MUST obey traffic signals and signs.

Remember it’s against the law for cyclists to:

  • jump red lights, including lights at pedestrian crossings
  • cycle on pavements, unless there’s a sign showing that cyclists are allowed to do this
  • cycle the wrong way up a one way street, unless there’s a sign showing that cyclists can do so
  • ride across pedestrian crossings, unless it’s a toucan crossing with a sign saying that cyclists can do so.

To break the law on the above points can lead to accidents as other road/footpath users need to be able to anticipate the actions of cyclists in order to ensure the safety of both parties.

The Highway Code for Cyclists can be found on the website below: