Roads, Routes & the Law

We ride mostly on public roads, using regular routes and planning new routes to take in challenging hills, beautiful scenery and excellent cafes.  This page provides links to route planning websites, pothole reporting services and Operation Crackdown, to report poor driving e.g. a close pass (this is what Highway Code advisory rule 163 says about overtaking).  It also links to helpful guides to road traffic laws of particular interest to cyclists.

Planning Routes
There is nothing wrong with using a map and taping some instructions to your handlebars, or even committing the directions to memory (shock!), but as most of us ride with smartphones and GPS bike computers, we can plan and load routes that mean we will not miss a single turn (well, that’s the theory…).  Try these:

Strava’s route planning page:  Strava Routes

The Gpsies GPS route planner:  GPSies

Routes in Sussex:  Cycle-Route

Reporting potholes
You don’t have to be a cyclist to know that East Sussex roads are in a poor state.  This can affect the safety of riders and we ride accordingly.  It helps if we let the council know where the worst potholes are, so use these links to report them:

Cycling UK’s Fill a pothole.

East Sussex County Council’s pothole page:  report a problem on a road, path or verge.

Report poor driving
You’ll also have noticed that some drivers are better than others.  We all make mistakes driving and riding, so some give and take is helpful.  But sometimes, we find ourselves in situations where someone should ‘have a word’ – leave it to the professionals.

Report anti-social driving to Sussex Police:  Operation Crackdown. 

You will need to provide:

  • The vehicle registration number
  • Make, model and colour of vehicle
  • Details about when and where the incident happened – the police online map will help you identify the area
  • Any information that may help the police identify the driver

They can and do pursue convictions against motorists that put your safety in danger – the  driver you report may already have had a warning letter, so it is worth doing.

Cycling and road traffic law
Yes, it applies to us too!  The ‘Ask the Police’ website provides answers to some common questions.

Probably the most regular and contentious issue between cyclists and drivers is riding two-abreast.  The law is very clear – riding two-abreast is perfectly legal.  That is not the same as it always being a good idea.  As a club, we try to ride single-file whenever the road is narrow and / or a driver is trying to pass and needs more space.  We do this for our safety; the driver is in a metal box and we’re wearing lycra and a polystyrene helmet.  There’s only one winner.  Besides, Rule 66 of the Highway Code says you should:

  • Never ride more than two abreast.
  • Ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends.

Cycling UK have an excellent page telling you what’s legal – and what’s not – on your bike.