Did you know that more than 2 million Britons jump on a bike at least once a week?

Bicycle sales are up, along with sales of cycling clothing. More dedicated cycle lanes are being created in our cities, and the NHS extols the health benefits of being a bike rider.

There's never been a better time to get in the saddle. But there's a legal side to cycling that's important to bear in mind.

Here are some facts for cyclists that we at Legal Choices think are good to know.

  • It's illegal to cycle on a UK public road after dark without reflectors and lights. For more information about reflectors and light requirements, visit Cycling UK.
  • It's perfectly legal to cycle side by side with another cyclist on a UK road. To learn why, and find out how it can benefit both cyclists and motorists, see the Cycling Weekly Post.
  • UK road speed limits do not apply to bicycles, but dangerous or careless cycling is an offence that can lead to heavy fines.
  • If you or your bicycle are unlucky enough to be involved in a cycling accident, there are time limits for making a compensation or personal injury claim: see our own article on making claims for money owed.
  • There's no legal requirement for cyclists to have any insurance, but many cyclists do take out insurance.
  • It's illegal to cycle on the pavement, according to the Highway Code, even if sometimes it is safer to do so.
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