What do the changes to the Highway Code really mean for cyclists and drivers?

We delve into the update to bust some common myths about changes to the UK's road rules

Cyclists in London
Cyclists in a bike lane - but they are not obliged to use it
(Image credit: Getty Images)

As the changes to the Highway Code approach, coming into force on Saturday in England, Scotland and Wales, there have been startling levels of hyperbole and vitriol over what the update actually means.

Column inches, news channels and phone-in radio stations have all been used to decry the new rules, accompanied by high levels of anti-cycling sentiment. The reaction to the fairly tame proposals is what led Groupama-FDJ's Jake Stewart to tweet that "cycling in the UK is doomed".

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