‘There is no legal requirement for cyclists to use cycle lanes’: Police in Scotland are using Twitter to dispel common cycling myths

Police in Scotland have taken to Twitter to try to counter the common myths drivers use to criticise cyclists.

Road Police Scotland is using the social media platform to correct a number of misconceptions drivers have about the rules of the road when it comes to riders.

From using cycle lanes to filtering, the force is taking a proactive approach and explaining how they enforce the rules of the road against both drivers and cyclists.

Road Police Scotland said on Twitter said: “Over the next few days, we’re going to bust some cycle myths. We see the same comments come up again and again whenever a bicycle us mentioned, so it’s time to set the record straight.”

#CycleMyths 1 – “No pay, no say. I pay Road Tax, so should cyclists”

Truth – Road Tax was abolished in 1937. You pay emissions based Vehicle Excise Duty, which goes straight to the Treasury Fund, with other taxes such as alcohol and fuel.

— Road Policing Scotland (@polscotrpu) August 12, 2019

Starting on Monday (August 12), Road Policing Scotland began with the suggestion regularly levelled at cyclists that they should pay non-existent ‘road tax.’

The force said: “Road tax was abolished in 1937. You pay emissions-based Vehicle Excise Duty, which goes straight to the Treasury Fund, with other taxes such as alcohol and fuel.”

#CycleMyths 2 – “Cyclists should always ride single file near the kerb”

Truth – @HighwayCodeGB Rule 66 – never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends

— Road Policing Scotland (@polscotrpu) August 12, 2019

Then officers turned their attention to road position and the claim that “cyclists should always ride single file near the kerb.”

Road Policing Scotland said: “Highway Code rule 66 – never ride more than two abreast and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends.”

#CycleMyths 3 – “So it’s ok for cyclists to come right up beside me when I’m at traffic lights?”

True! It’s called filtering. Cycling is a great way to beat the traffic, stay fit and help the environment! Back to @BritishCycling with another great video:https://t.co/UjA1nAlZ2n pic.twitter.com/23029dbIO7

— Road Policing Scotland (@polscotrpu) August 13, 2019

Cycle myth three was filtering, with officers pointing out the cyclists are allowed to ride alongside vehicles at traffic lights, calling it a great way to beat traffic, stay fit and help the environment.

The account also highlights the fact that a cyclist is 15 times more likely to be killed on the road, as two drivers were killed per billion miles compared with 31 cyclists in 2017.

#CycleMyths 4 – “Police unfairly target drivers over cyclists”

Truth – @transportgovuk data for 2017 shows that 2 car drivers were killed per billion miles compared with 31 cyclists, meaning a cyclist is 15x more likely to be killed on a road.

We target the highest risk areas. pic.twitter.com/2pBG5pqG2C

— Road Policing Scotland (@polscotrpu) August 13, 2019

Finally, the department targeted the myth about cyclists jumping red lights, saying: “A small percentage of all road users fail to obey road signals and we will always deal with what we see, regardless of road user type.

“We can’t be everywhere, so we target the highest risks.”

This content was originally published here.

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