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    UK Cyclists allowed to ignore one-way signs

    Interesting article in the London Times.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle6837656.ece

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    Yeah I heard about this. I hope the cyclists continue to be mindful that many drivers are not aware of this. I havent read the article in your link, but the article I read yesterday said Tower Hamlets the most cycling lanes and therefore has the highest number of cyclists. That was wrong. I think they had a high number of cyclists and that's why they introduced the cycling lanes.

    The more that is beng done for cyclists, the more I think we're gonna get taxed for 'admin' fees in due course which I'm not a proponent of.
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    Guess it's true that British salmon are the best -- they now have the law on their side.

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    I did not know this! Either way, I don't think I will be doing it too often. Even if it is legal it is still a bit dodgy.

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    According to a quote in the article: “It is a safe and sensible option that is standard in all other European countries, so we can’t believe it has taken so long to be accepted here,”.
    Dunno how true that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
    Yeah I heard about this. I hope the cyclists continue to be mindful that many drivers are not aware of this. I havent read the article in your link, but the article I read yesterday said Tower Hamlets the most cycling lanes and therefore has the highest number of cyclists. That was wrong. I think they had a high number of cyclists and that's why they introduced the cycling lanes.

    The more that is beng done for cyclists, the more I think we're gonna get taxed for 'admin' fees in due course which I'm not a proponent of.
    funny you should mention tax on cyclists...

    http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com...ver.5642372.jp

    I don't think it will ever happen, sounds crazy to me.

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    Most one way urban streets in Holland have a bike and scooter exception.
    It seems to work very well. But the drivers are far less murderous there than elsewhere.

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    It won't be introduced on all 1-way streets, only quiet ones.

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    Wow!

    I don't think I would ride contraflow more often because of a law change, and contraflow would be the last thing that I would legalize, but hey - lawmakers are thinking, using common sense, and practicality toward bicycle commuters - that is very promising news!
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    There's one one-way street in my town (Gothenburg, Sweden), that I know of, that bicyclists can ride against the flow (Tredje Långgatan). It's short, and only a signpost at one end tells (observant) drivers about this...

    Riding that street is a chicken race with parked cars on both sides and a car taking up the whole width of the road coming towards you, and only moving out of the way (a bit) at the last second. However I don't get honked so maybe they do see the sign??

    I wouldn't like too many streets like this on my daily ride...

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    From the article:

    A report by the club said that it might be necessary to reduce the speed limit to 20mph on some roads with contraflow lanes to avoid the risk that cyclists will feel intimidated by oncoming traffic.

    A car moving at 20 mph heading straight towards you is still "intimidating"

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