The Ranty Highwayman)
On The Right Track
SUNDAY, 8 JANUARY 2017
THE TERM “CYCLE TRACK”, HAS AS MANY PERMUTATIONS AS YOU COULD THINK OF, BUT THIS WEEK, I’LL TRY AND MAKE A LITTLE SENSE OF IT AND BOIL THEM DOWN TO WHAT I THINK THE DIFFERENT TYPES ARE.
The UK legal definition of a cycle track is set out in S329 of the Highways Act 1980 which states;
“cycle track” means a way constituting or comprised in a highway, being a way over which the public have the following, but no other, rights of way, that is to say, a right of way on pedal cycles (other than pedal cycles which are motor vehicles within the meaning of the Road Traffic Act 1988) with or without a right of way on foot.
Don’t worry about the RTA1988 reference, this relates to e-bikes which have motors more powerful than is permitted. The Highways Act definition comes from an amendment provided by S1 of the Cycle Tracks Act 1984 which is a little confusing at the CTA84 is actually concerned with the conversion of public footpaths into cycle tracks. Forget that, I’m dealing with normal highways here.