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Cyclist Dismount Sign: Is it Compulsory to Get Off?

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 30 Mar 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Cyclists Cyclist Dismount Advisory

Q.

An old sign on the A39 road which stated 'Cyclist Advised to Dismount' has been replaced with a new sign which reads 'Cyclist Dismount'. The sign is rectangular with a blue background. It is placed as you descend Porlock Hill which before the hill reaches its steepest gradiant of 1 in 4.

The original sign was clearly 'advisory' but the new sign has omitted the word 'advisory'. Is it illegal to cycle beyond the sign? When is it allowable to remount the cycle and would it be used against a cyclist if they were involved in an accident that was no fault of their own?

(I.P, 25 May 2009)

A.

Usually cyclist dismount signs are placed where it is considered to be dangerous for cyclists to continue, such as in this case, approaching or descending a steep hill.

However they are not mandatory signs, they are advisory - so although they will indicate an area where it may be safer to dismount and to push your bicycle, you are not legally obliged to do this and you will NOT be breaking the law if you choose not to do so.

Cyclist dismount signs are not considered to be particularly effective in most areas because they create friction and annoyance with road-users who wrongly assume that the cyclist is breaking the law by disobeying the instruction. They also provide no information about the hazard, and in some cases can actually make it more dangerous for the cyclist to continue (i.e. having to walk into the road to get around roadworks).

There is no specific time or distance limit on Cyclist Dismount signs because they are not legally enforceable, so the only guideline is that you can get back on your bike and continue to ride when it is safe to do so. This could be anywhere really, depending on your viewpoint.

Whether or not it could be used against a cyclist who was involved in a no-fault accident is a very interesting question.

As the cyclist was advised to dismount, they could claim that they were following an advisory sign which led to them being involved in the accident. With an advisory sign, whether or not the cyclist dismounting was a major contributing factor would be discretionary in each case, and other things would be taken into account, e.g. whether the cyclist was travelling in an appropriate and safe manner.

It is worth considering however, that it is far more likely that if a cyclist is involved in an accident where they have NOT followed the advice and dismounted, then they will find it much harder to prove that they were not part of the reason the accident took place.

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Gerry - Your Question:
I have received a speeding ticket which I think is unfair and possibly illegal.I was driving along a road the last sign of which was the national limit ie 60 mphThe next sign was for 30 mph but I received a ticket because I was unable to slow down in timeIs there any regulation which states that that speed signs need to come down gradually ie from the national limit to either 50 or 40 mph before going down to 30 mph

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TrafficSignsAndMeanings - 1-Apr-16 @ 2:35 PM
Ihave received a speeding ticket which I think is unfair and possibly illegal. I was driving along a road the last sign of which was the national limit ie 60 mph The next sign was for 30 mph but I received a ticket because I was unable to slow down in time Is there any regulation which states that that speed signs need to come down gradually ie from the national limit to either 50 or 40 mph before going down to 30 mph
Gerry - 30-Mar-16 @ 9:06 AM
These signs are located on the footway where a footway/cycleway ends and there is a change in use. So a footway/cycleway shared/segregated ends and is no longer shared, this sign is erected. Carriageway cycling is legal and these signs if on the carriageway are being used to warn of hazards like a narrow two way road, these should never be used on the carriageway due to confusion. Cyclists riding on the footway where they have no legal right to is against the law and this should be covered in the CPT that you are taught at school and beyond, only people with disabilities and children i.e. wheelchairs and pushchairs are legally allowed on the footpath, take up skate boards with the local authority as this is a problem and they shouldn't be allowed to do this either, the fine is probably in place to stop the kids from skateboarding, hope this helps.
Bob - 20-Jul-15 @ 6:50 AM
could you tell if there is any parking restriction , the gas board had one way traffic lights shows, the lights were placed in the middle of road outside my property, I parked mycaroutside my property leaving a space of four feet from the sign asking motorist to stop when red shows with no obstructing of the sign from my car, I was parked on the opposite side of traffic flow could you tell if there is any parking restrictions by law
chopper - 25-Nov-14 @ 6:18 PM
Bikes have as much right to be on the road as cars do. Seriously, how do we petition to get these signs taken out of use? I agree that they do nothing but cause confusion and even greater anger between cyclists / car drivers. And I'm both so this isn't a 'rant from a militant cyclist'.
Frugal - 3-Oct-14 @ 1:59 PM
Gogirl...is it backed up with a local bylaw? Not sure who really enforces these I think these are different.
Jax - 26-Dec-11 @ 7:39 PM
Cyclists Dismount not compulsory? Hmmm. So threats of £500 fine not enforcable on Brighton/Hove seafront and Marine Parade? Very wide paths and used by other, mostly faster wheels; boards, skaters and mobility scooters. Anyone had experience of this?
Gogirl - 16-Mar-11 @ 12:10 PM
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