Cyclists & Road Crossings | Do’s & Don’ts


Can Cyclists Use a Zebra Crossing?

No, cyclists can not use a zebra crossing while still riding your bicycle, you are not allowed to legally cycle across a zebra crossing while still mounted on your bicycle. However you can cross at a zebra crossing if you dismount off your bicycle and wheel/push your bicycle across the zebra crossing by foot. Crossing a zebra crossing while still riding your bicycle puts other pedestrians and members of the public at risk of colliding with your bicycle and getting an injury, serous or minor

Do Cyclists Have To Stop For Pedestrians At Zebra Crossings?

Absolutely Yes, CYCLISTS MUST STOP AT ZEBRA CROSSINGS if there are pedestrians crossing, all cyclists must be vigilant and on the lookout for pedestrians waiting to cross at a zebra crossings and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross

All cyclists have to stop at a zebra crossing if there are pedestrians crossing, it’s the law according to the Highway Code. Cyclists may pass behind a pedestrian (with due care and consideration) but must allow a pedestrian to cross first unless the pedestrian is on the opposite carriageway and there is a central island. Pedestrians have priority over vehicles and bicycles at a zebra crossing

Is There A Penalty If Cyclists Get Caught Cycling Through A Zebra Crossing While Pedestrians Are Crossing?  

Yes, there is a penalty for cyclists that get caught (on camera) crossing a zebra crossing while pedestrians are crossing. Cyclists can get fined up to £1,000 for crossing a zebra crossing while pedestrians are crossing and breaking the Highway Code, if they are successfully caught, identified and legally proven to be breaking the Highway Code then the cyclist will receive a fine 

What Other Road Crossing Can Cyclists Not Use?

As discussed before cyclist can not be mounted on their bicycle and cycle across a zebra crossing alongside other pedestrians, however there are other road crossings that cyclists can not cross while still mounted on their bicycle according to the Highway Code

Cyclists can not be mounted on their bicycle and cycle cross an equestrian crossings, (as they are reserved for horse riders only), a pelican crossing and a puffin crossing as well. All cyclists must dismount and wheel/push across their bicycle when crossing a pelican and puffin crossing, in the same manner as a zebra crossing  

What Road Crossing Can Cyclists Use With Pedestrians?

The only crossing that cyclists can cross while still being mounted on their bicycle is a toucan crossing. Toucan crossings allow cyclists and pedestrians to share crossing space and cross at the same time

Cyclists are legally permitted to ride across a toucan crossing, this is the only crossing that cyclists are allowed to do so while still being mounted on their bicycle. Toucan crossings are push-button operated and light-controlled crossings

Are Cyclists Allowed To Cross Tram Tracks?

Cyclists are only allowed to cross at a tram track at a designated tram crossing, that is to say cyclists are not allowed to be mounted on their bicycles while crossing any stretch/part of the tram track. Of course, plenty of cyclists do it however your not allowed to cross any road, lane or track reserved for trams

Cyclists should only cross a tram track at a designated tram crossing marked for cyclists, cyclists should dismount off their bicycle at a tram crossings where a ‘cyclist dismount’ sign is displayed, otherwise you can be mounted on your bicycle and cross a designated tram crossing

When crossing at a designated tram crossing (for cyclists), cyclists must always follow the route shown by the road signs and markings. Avoid branching off to take a short cut by crossing at a prohibited area of the tram track.  At designated tram crossing stops without platforms you must not cycle between a tram and the left-hand kerb when a tram has stopped to pick up passengers 

Cyclists should always take extra care when crossing a designated tram/road crossing, cyclists should avoid cycling directly on top of the tram rails as the bicycle tires can get jammed in the any of the tram grooves as you run the risk of losing your balance and falling of your bicycle and landing on the tram track

Cyclists should also be aware of the following safety precautions regarding tram line…. 

Cyclists should always be vigilant of trams leaving the main carriageway to enter an alternative reserved route, cyclists will often just pay attention to the main tram line route. However some trams branch off to an alternative tram route to enter a reserved tram line and this can confuse cyclists, possibly leading to an accident or collision  

Cyclists should always give way to trams on the tram line, be aware that tram drivers usually have their own traffic signals and may be permitted to move when you are stationary. Cyclists should avoid trying to race trams or try overtaking them in order to pass them on the inside 

Cyclists must not park their bicycle in a stationary position where it would get in the way of any trams or where it would force other tram drivers to do so, or emergency stop. Cyclists should only park their bicycle in a designated bay where this has been provided alongside and clear of the tram track. Cyclists should ensure that all parts of your bicycle (wheel lock, handlebars, both wheels) are outside the delineated tram path to avoid any collision with a moving tram

Cyclists should always take extra care when riding close to or crossing the tracks, especially if the rails are wet. You should take particular care when crossing the rails at shallow angles, on bends and at junctions. It is safest to cross the tracks directly at right angles when the tram rails are wet 

I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have anything to add, then leave a comment down below. All of the information has been thoroughly researched and I have plenty of real world experience on this issue to add as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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