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If you are in the UK this is an offence. You are traffic, therefore must obey the red. Consequences could be a pull by the police and a fine! I am not sure about other jurisdictions.


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The Highway Code comes in handy with this question... In London drivers of all buses are exceptionally well trained and likely to be highly experienced. They know every part of their route and have 'dealt with' plenty of cyclists before. They will always indicate when they are pulling over and indicate again when they are going to pull out. It is highly ...


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It's a bike sharing scheme in London, the "Boris" part comes from the mayor's name. Wikipedia article on Barclays Cycle Hire There's also a small Boris Bikes community forum (Photo credit)


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In England, Wales and NI You can legally ride in lots of places: On any bridleway On any Byway open to all traffic (BOAT) Restricted Byways (Used to be called RUPPs) Permisive Bridleways Dedicated MTB trial centres (of which there are now lots) The first three categories of path can be found on your OS map, although the definitive maps are held by local ...


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According to the Highway Code: Rule 64 You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement. So the short answer is a definite no, although discretion is given for young children riding on the pavement. This article has details the rules for cycling on things like footways, footpaths and bridlepaths. (In short: no, no and yes - but the article is probably worth a ...


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I think most US cyclists, in reasonably good conscience, "stretch" the laws a hair in such circumstances. Starting a bike from standstill is expensive from an energy standpoint, and it can block traffic behind, so it's good to go ahead and clear the intersection if you can do so safely and without stretching things too far. But of course none of this would ...


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Yes, technically. Most sorts of cycle are required to have at least two efficient braking systems, by which the front wheel (or wheels) can be braked independently of the rear wheel (or wheels). The likelihood of you receiving a ticket, fine, or other punishment is infinitesimal. It could happen, but it almost certainly will not. Practically, the front ...


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The Official Highway Code for the United Kingdom states that cyclists are only permited to cross on their bike when a green cycle symbol showing. If the light shows only a green man, you must dismount and push the bike to cross. If you are part of the traffic (not crossing from path to path) you must obey the red traffic light and stop.


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The only answer really is, in the UK, what you're doing is illegal. Full stop. There are various factions who will try to mitigate the behaviour on grounds of safety, but, fundamentally, by going through a red light, even if in your opinion there is room, you are putting yourself into a position where other users of that facility do not reasonable expect ...


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In England and Wales, the relevant legislation is the Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1983 which say: 7.—(1) ... (a) every pedal cycle shall be equipped with at least one braking system;    (b) every bicycle or tricycle the height of the saddle of which is 635 millimetres or more and every cycle with four or more wheels shall—   ...


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Highway Code rule 300 - You MUST NOT enter a road, lane or other route reserved for trams. A road or lane reserved for trams will have signs like this: or road markings that say TRAM ONLY. If cyclists are allowed on that particular section of tramway then it will be indicated by a sign, like this above or below the tram sign: or the road markings will ...


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Yes. A fixed wheel does not need two, it needs only one (on the non-fixed, presumably the front, wheel). Two separate and independent bracking systems, one per wheel, are required, but as the CTC say Apart from saying that a brake that acts directly on a pneumatic tyre shall not be deemed to be in efficient working order, these regulations do ...


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I think it is an issue of foundation mostly. Because roads get very heavy (as in weight) traffic roadbuilders spend a lot of time on the groundwork, compacting, digging away soft and unstable earth or sand layers and replacing them with gravel or other heavy rocky debris before the tarmac is laid down. Because a bicycle path only sees light bicycles less ...


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Of course you keep left, overtake on the right and queue like a good British person at junctions! However, there are no rules. In 2006 British Waterways, concerned at the popularity and over-crowding problems on tow-paths did a consultation to work out if they needed a 'keep left' policy. It was deemed that such a move would be unpopular and not adhered to ...


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I'm in Brazil, and as a friend of mine says, we need a "tropical vehicular cycling". Most drivers don't obbey the law (neither do pedestrians, to be honest), so I follow the "bold-but-conscious-biker golden rule": "I cannot be a harm to the safety or comfort of other people. No one should be 'punished' by the way I choose to ride my bike." That means, on ...


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If you opened someone's car door you could be committing either Dangerous cycling or Careless, and inconsiderate, cycling. (Road Traffic Act 1988) There's also the offence of Assault to consider. (CPS guidelines) An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force. ...


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You could always get a laptop sleeve and slide that into a big enough pannier. Timbuk2 has a couple pannier options that both have an included laptop sleeve and are designed to be easily carried off the bike. One converts to a messenger bag, the other more of a "shoulder bag". Looks like Timbuk2 has some of their stuff sold retail in the UK, and they also ...


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Pedestrians can move quite quickly as well! I sometimes commute to work by running (having left kit at work) rather than cycling (also in central London, UK). There have been numerous times when I've been crossing a road with a green man and I've nearly been taken out by a cyclist doing exactly what you propose. Their erroneous judgement was obviously that ...


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I've completed a handful of 400km brevets and organized one myself, but I can only speak to my experience in British Columbia (Canada) which is quite different riding than in the UK. I find the 400km to be the hardest in the basic series and have heard other randonneurs (but not all) echo this feeling, so you're wise to choose this one carefully. The ...


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From a UK government website I found the following document (linked from a page about the Highway Code for cyclists). Signals to other road users (scroll to the bottom for cyclist information) Essentially there are three signals for cyclists: Left arm out - "I intend to move in to the left or turn left" Right arm out - "I intend to move out to the right ...


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Ay Up lights I have two sets of these lights, one on my handlebars and one on my helmet. They are: Amazingly bright, I've never seen a brighter light Very light - even with the light and battery on my helmet it's not uncomfortably heavy Long lasting - The battery lasts 3-6 hours on a charge!! Incredibly rugged - There is a lifetime guarantee on the lights ...


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This ultimately comes down to money, however there are plenty of other factors: Form factor - a bike light with a battery held onto the frame with velcro is a PITA to take off the bike and put back on, not what you want to be spending five minutes on whilst you pop into Tesco's for a pint (568ml) of milk. Beam focus - LED lights have came a long way but ...


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Where abouts in the UK are you? You might want to check out the following places: London Recumbants - http://www.londonrecumbents.co.uk/index.php?id=17 DTek - don't have a web site but can be emailed on dtekhpvs@btopenworld.com FutureCycles - futurecycles.co.uk Hope you get sorted.


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Only folding bikes are carried on the DLR, and they must be 'totally enclosed in a cover' This website has all rules for bikes on public transit for what seems to be most companies in the UK. Check it out.


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Depending on what you mean by "should", you possibly "shouldn't" be riding on the pavement. After parking or walking on the pavement, I move back onto the road in a way that's similar to setting off from/in a parked car. Stand on the pavement/side-walk, side by side to my bike. Lift the bike down onto the road, close to the curb, facing in the correct ...


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That page actually lays it out pretty well. You have three options: box/bag your bike, pay £30 for a reserved bike space, or pay £22 to ship your bike such that it will arrive within 24 hours of you. The reserved bike spaces and shipping don't require you to box or bag your bike. When I traveled on EuroStar and on French trains, I had a friend handy with a ...


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In almost all situations, it is easiest to apply the British road standard (keep left: A), overtaking to the right of the slower user. However the following reasons change this in situations other than two cyclists passing in opposite directions: Paths that are narrow, uneven, under bridges, or overgrown cause cyclists and other users to move to centre or ...


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Yes, this is a tricky situation. I think this section of the highway code should cover it, but is very light on details like this. I think there are two ways to interpret the situation: 1. As two T-junctions a small distance apart, with you turning left and then right. In this case it's a fairly clear cut - see rule 180. You've turned left, already on the ...


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The UK Highway Code say's: Look all around before moving away from the kerb, turning or manoeuvring, to make sure it is safe to do so. Give a clear signal to show other road users what you intend to do. Source


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Panniers have not worked out too well for me when it comes to lugging the laptop around. There are also those panniers that look like posh briefcase bags and they have not worked out too well either. It just doesn't work on the weight distribution. The bag that did work best was the Carradice Camper Long Flap that I bought for my retro roadster. I wanted ...



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