Anyone point me in the right direction to any or all laws surrounding cycle lanes?
Today i decided to go see a mate in Aberdeen, so took my bike so far on the bus and then jumped off and used a lane going into the centre of town.
I had a couple of run in's and this is why i never use the lanes provided, but as this one is pretty much drain free and well kept i decided i was safe enough
Run in number one was with a young guy on a 50cc moped with L plates, was using the cycle lane the whole time and not using the proper part of the road, So in my wisdom, i thought it would be a good idea to move past him at a set of lights because he was holding me up, i guess he thought this was an invitation for a race, so on a slight climb he pulled along side and started some friendly banter and joking about, so i said he was holding me up a bit and he dropped behind and followed me to the end of my journey, turns out he was going to the same shopping centre anyway.
So i had a yap with him at the centre, just to find out why he was using the lane that was designed for cycle's, seems he'd only just past his CBT on Tuesday and wasn't very road confident, which i thought to myself, at least he's honest and told him, the only way he's going to get confident about using the road is to hold his place in traffic, keep to the middle of his side of the road and dont be bullied off, the whole length of the lane runs through 30 and 40mph zone's, nothing faster, so i explained that he's not holding anyone up if he's doing the speed limit and not to be afraid of other road users.
Thats sensible isn't it??
The second thing was, coming back out of the town, again using the lane, so f**kwit crossed from oncoming traffic and parked right on the lane infront of me, so i gave him a right mouthful and got a fair one back, isn't it against the law to park in a cycle lane?
There was around 5 cars on the way in and 9 including this guy on the way out, he was the only driver i encountered else they would have all had a blast of the airzound and a mouth full of words about how stupid they were and how they were blocking the appropriate use of this lane by cyclist's
Just looking for somewhere to clarify the laws about lanes for me as i'm clueless and if i'm going to say something to drivers i'd rather know what i'm speaking about