Cyclists will soon be able to cycle up a one way street legally in England after the Department of Transport gave its approval for local authorities to add an “Except cycles” sign to No Entry signs at the end of a one-way street.
“Except Cycles” make a return
Department for Transport rules had forbidden the added “Except cycles” signage unless local councils built a dedicated contraflow cycle lane at the entry point to the one-way street. Such measures were considered expensive and only a small number of councils have ever converted streets this way.
One of the main reasons why the Department for Transport has been previously against cycle contraflow on a one-way street is due to concerns over safety for cyclists and motorists alike, but in continental Europe, the No Entry sign with an “Except cycles/cyclists” plate, has been widely used for a number of years without causing problems.
Successful cycle trials
There have also been a number of successful trials of the “Except cycles” signs being used in one-way streets in the London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hackney and Lambeth, as well as in Cambridge, over the past year and this may have pushed the Department for Transport to give approval for signage to be allowed country wide.
Scotland’s local authorities have been able to use the except cyclists rule on one-way streets for some time.
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