Sunday, 29 July 2012

Muir welcomes cycling safety measures

Cllr Muir out cycling
I welcome the provision of green Advance Stop boxes at traffic lights across Holywood by The Roads Service.

After some lobbying I was delighted to see these boxes appear across Holywood and beyond. Green Advance Stop boxes are designed to give cyclists a head start at traffic lights rather than having to compete with other vehicles. They are an important safety measure and shouldn’t be entered by motorists until the traffic lights turn green and cyclist has moved away.

I welcome the provision of these boxes and will continue to encourage the Roads Service, Department of the Environment and North Down Borough Council to take all necessary actions to make cycling a more safer, convenient, healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel.

Highway Code
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.

Example Advance Stop box
178 Advanced stop lines. Some signal-controlled junctions have advanced stop lines to allow cycles to be positioned ahead of other traffic. Motorists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and should avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times, e.g. if the junction ahead is blocked. If your vehicle has proceeded over the first white line at the time that the signal goes red, you MUST stop at the second white line, even if your vehicle is in the marked area. Allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows.




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