Rule H2 creates clearer priorities for pedestrians, especially at junctions, and makes clear where they have right of way. This doesn’t mean that pedestrians have priority in every situation, just that the road users who can cause the greatest harm will have the greatest responsibility of reducing the threat they may pose to others.
For you as a driver, you now have more responsibility to be aware of pedestrians, cyclists, or horse-riding:
- Don’t cross the path of cyclists or horse-riders at junctions
- Pedestrians have priority when they are waiting to cross at a junction or zebra crossing
- Pedestrians and cyclists have priority at a parallel crossing
- Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres when you overtake a bike or motorbike at 30mph
- Cyclists are advised to ride in the middle of the road (in slow/quiet traffic) and when they approach a junction
If you are trying to overtake more than one cyclist they should be in single file, however, if they are a large group on a narrow lane they can ride “two abreast”.