Question for the group... As a cyclist I'm not obliged to use a "shared" (and by this I mean shared with pedestrians) cycle lane even if one is provided alongside a road (rule 63 I think) and can choose to use the road instead although using the cycle lane may be safer. At what point should I consider the road option as preferable? Obviously if lots of pedestrians.... but a mate of mine reckons current Highways Agency advice is if you're doing more than 15mph or so. Anyone else have any views? Cheers.
If the shared use path was busy and I wanted to ride more than 10 mph then I'd use the road. The only time I use shared paths next to the road is if I consider it not to be safe due to high traffic speed, road condition or if I want to ride gently and chat to fellow cyclists/family.
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