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Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the use of cycleways, where they exist, is planned to become compulsory under the revised edition of the Highway Code. (138619)

No. The advice on using cycle facilities, including cycle ways, in both the current and the proposed revised Highway Code is not a legal requirement. It does not place any compulsion on cyclists to use any kind of cycle facilities and it remains their decision whether or not they follow this advice. The distinction between legal requirements and advisory rules is made clear in the introduction to the code.