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Old August 29th 20, 05:57 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default The rules of the road for cyclists and when drivers can overtake

There have been a number of stories about cyclists being badly injured or killed by drivers in Derbyshire in recent weeks and even one in which a motorist alleges that a group of cyclists attacked him.

We reported that a Derby cyclist was left badly injured after being struck by a car in Acorn Way, that another cyclist suffered a punctured lung when knocked from his bike and that a driver had been charged over the death of a young woman near Markeaton park.

With this in mind, Derbyshire Live has decided to publish a reminder of both the guidance and the rules that drivers and cyclists need to understand in order to share the county's roads safely.

Before we begin, it must be understood that the Highway Code is not a statement of the law by itself, but a combination of both advice and mandatory rules which apply to all road users in the UK.

So, firstly, here's the guidance, meaning what cyclists are advised to do, as reported by Wales Online.

Single file or two abreast?

There is no law which prevents cyclists from riding two, or even three or more abreast.

There is advisory rule 66 of the Highway Code, but this is not well-drafted..

It starts with the words "You should", and later says "never ride more than two abreast".

'Should' is advisory, but 'never' sounds like it's directory, leading some drivers to assume that riding more than two abreast is illegal when it isn't.

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