Great Britain adopts new bicycle traffic laws

Cambridge Cycling Campaign has a rundown of the controversy over the development of a new bicycle traffic code for Great Britain:
We went round the block again in June, with the Department for Transport announcing a second short consultation on a new revision of The Highway Code’s rules on cycle facilities and cycle lanes – and square one is starting to look awfully familiar. If it was a computer program, we might call it Square 1.1 beta and hope it didn’t cause too many crashes.
The final result--not entirely satisfactory on many grounds--is this:


61. Cycle Routes and Other Facilities. Use cycle routes, advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings unless at the time it is unsafe to do so. Use of these facilities is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.

63. Cycle Lanes. These are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the carriageway. When using a cycle lane, keep within the lane when practicable. When leaving a cycle lane check before pulling out that it is safe to do so and signal your intention clearly to other road users. Use of cycle lanes is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.
Read the whole harrowing story here.