Segregated pedal cycle and pedestrian route
Recommended route for pedal cycles
With-flow pedal cycle lane
With-flow bus and cycle lane
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- Signs with red circles are mostly prohibitive. Plates below signs qualify their message
Signs with blue circles but no red border mostly give positive instruction
Triangular signs are usually warning signs
Information signs are rectangular
Cycle and Bus Lanes
There are two types of cycle lane. The first is 'mandatory' - these are marked with a solid white line. Mandatory means that vehicles cannot drive or park in the lanes, it doesn't mean that their use is mandatory by cyclists.
'Advisory' lanes are marked with a dashed white line. Vehicles can use these if not required by a cyclist. Cyclists themselves can choose to keep within these lanes or not.
Both types of cycle lane may also be given a coloured surface (often red) to make them more obvious to drivers and cyclists.
Cyclists should only use bus lanes if the signs include a cycle symbol (see above right). Watch out for people getting on or off a bus and be very careful when overtaking a bus or leaving a bus lane as you will be entering a busier traffic flow.
The type of lane shown opposite is a contraflow lane ie one that allows cyclists to travel against the flow of traffic. Marked contraflow lanes in Lancaster can be found on Penny Street, Chapel Street, Middle Street and Phoenix Street.
You should not cycle on pavements unless markings or signs show that you can, such as the sign shown above left.
Advanced Stop Lines
Advanced stop lines (ASLs) have been introduced at some traffic lights/junctions to allow cyclists position themselves ahead of other traffic.
Motorists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached, and should avoid encroaching on the marked area. If a vehicle has proceeded over the first white line at the time the signal goes red, they MUST stop at the second white line, even if their vehicle is in the marked area.
ASLs are a low-cost but effective way of helping cyclists at junctions, as they re-allocate road space from motor traffic to cycles at those locations where cycles have the greatest difficulty and where collisions are most likely to occur.