A UK cyclist has been fined £100 with £200 costs for riding on the road and obstructing traffic. The Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC) reported that member Daniel Cadden was cycling fast downhill on a single-lane approach to a roundabout when he was stopped by police who believed that the position he had taken in the centre of his lane was forcing cars to cross the solid white line in the centre of the road illegally in order to overtake.
CTC Director, Kevin Mayne, said, "The police at the scene said that Daniel should have been cycling well over to the left - effectively in the gutter - but the judge felt that Daniel should have crossed three lanes of busy traffic and used a segregated cycle track to save fractions of seconds off the journey times of a few motorists. CTC continues to fight a re-draft of the Highway Code, which proposes cyclists 'should use cycle paths where provided', in order to tackle the attitude, held by many people in the judiciary, police and public alike, that cyclists should be out of the way of motorists."
The proposed re-draft of the UK highway code is in some ways similar to the one existing in Belgium, which also states that cyclists must use bike paths when available. Belgian motorists are usually very cyclist friendly, but become quite irritated when they see riders not obeying the law in this way. However, the paths are typically right beside the road, or are even designated sections of the road.