Cycle Lanes and Routes
Signs and Markings
Cycle Routes are principally indicated by signs and markings. They may be either on the carriageway, on footways either shared with or segregated from pedestrians, or specially designated cycle paths.
These are special traffic signals similar to pelican crossings - they have a red man and green man to show when it is safe to cross - but they also have an extra signal: a green cycle. This means that cyclists need not dismount but can cross over at the same time as pedestrians.
Advanced cycle stop lines
Within ordinary traffic signalled junctions there are two sets of stop lines on each approach. The one furthest from the signals is for general traffic, and the one nearer to the signals is for cyclists. This is to give space for cyclists to safely change lane on the approach to a junction.
Contra-flow cycle lanes
When a one-way street is introduced this gives little inconvenience for motorists but can mean that cyclists have to travel much further. A contra-flow cycle lane lets a cyclist travel against the direction of flow of the one-way street in safety and offers a more convenient and direct route.
The problem is that for a safe contra flow lane the cyclists must be segregated at each end from the oncoming traffic by a traffic island. This can only be done if the road is wide enough. It may also need to have a parking ban throughout the length of the contra flow lane. This can be difficult in some residential areas with limited off-street parking.
"Plug" No Entry
This is where a road is two way throughout its length except for a short length of one-way working at one end. This means that entry into the road is banned at one end and traffic is only allowed to exit. To assist cyclists a short gap allows the cyclist to travel past the no-entry signs.
A full catalogue of traffic signage and road markings can be found on the Highway Code link below which includes those that are applicable to cyclists.
Report a problem
If you would like to report any problems with our road signs:
- use our report a problem page or
- call us on 020 8489 1335
See our cycling page for information about cycling in the borough including cycle training or to download or request cycle map