The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury
The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury

Transport for London’s Please Take Care…

I got the following email off of Transport for London’s Ben Plowden:

Dear Skippy,

I am writing to both cyclists and drivers to remind them to take care on London’s roads.

Cyclists are reminded to:

  • Be aware of blind spots all around large vehicles. It’s often safer to hang back
  • Make eye contact with drivers to make sure they have seen you
  • Not ride through red traffic lights. It’s dangerous and you can be fined £30
  • Allow space between you and parked vehicles. Doors may be opened suddenly

Cycle training courses are available in most London boroughs.

For more information, please visit
Yours sincerely,

Ben Plowden
Director, Surface Planning

To which I have drafted the following response:

Dear Mr Plowden,

Thank you for your email, As a cyclist I find the advice you have given to be common sense, however I note that you have not included any reminders for Car, or other motor vehicle drivers.

Road users are reminded:

  • To use ASL/Z (Advanced Stop Lines/Zone)  Correctly. (Rule 178 [Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10, 36(1) & 43(2)])
  • of the correct use of Box Junctions (Rule 174 [Law TSRGD regs 10(1) & 29(2)])
  • of the correct procedure for turning Left when around Cyclists (Rule 182)
  • of the correct procedure for overtaking other vehicles and Cyclists (Highway Code 162 – 169) Including:
    • Giving motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car (see also Rules 211-215)
    • Making sure that you have enough room to complete your overtaking manoeuvre before committing yourself. It takes longer to pass a large vehicle. If in doubt do not overtake
    • You MUST NOT overtake if you would have to cross or straddle double white lines with a solid line nearest to you (but see Rule 129)

This is not an exhastive list of what Road Users should rmember when driving, for that they can refer to the highway code, which is available online, or available to purchase at most bookshops.



I am sure that Cycling in London could benefit from Drivers, and those in charge of vehicles from following the Highway Code, Road Traffic Act, and other laws and statutes; oh and COMMON SENSE, but it would also benefit hugely from better understructure for cyclists, and I don’t just mean ASL/Z, or ‘Cycling Superhighways’ but properly maintained segregated cycle paths, and where that is not possible cycle paths of decent width with better junction integration.

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