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Road Legal

The Law & Highway Code

The Highway Code covers cycling.

These rules cover the things that cyclists SHOULD do, as well as the things that they MUST do.

Some of the things cyclists MUST do:

  • At night, cycles must have a white front light and a rear red light lit. Cycles must also have a rear red reflector fitted at all times and amber pedal reflectors.
  • If you don’t use lights at night, you could receive a £30 fixed penalty notice.
  • Cyclists must comply with all traffic signs and traffic light symbols. This includes obeying red lights at pedestrian crossings, one-way street signs etc.
  • Cyclists must keep off the pavement unless it is dual-use, designed for pedestrians and cyclists.

Some of the things cyclists SHOULD do:

  • Wear light coloured or reflective clothing, especially when out at night. Cyclists in dark coloured clothing are much harder for drivers to see in low light conditions.
  • Wear a cycle helmet; don’t hit the road without one!
  • Use cycle lanes and advanced stop signs (at traffic lights for instance) where safe to do so.
  • Do regular maintenance on the bike.
  • Be considerate to other road users, particularly pedestrians when riding near them.
  • Never ride more than two-abreast and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends.


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