Are club rides under threat from Highway Code changes?

Backslide on Rule 66 reform puts right to ride two abreast in jeopardy once more

Group ride Rule 66 Highway Code
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A revised version of the Highway Code, due to be published this weekend, is set to create the expectation that groups of cyclists should stop to let cars pass.

While most of the changes to the Highway Code that have been announced are very positive for cyclists, including the creation of a hierarchy of road users which will put more responsibility for safety on those using heavier and larger vehicles, the Department for Transport’s final wording could threaten the viability of cycling club runs up and down the country.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.