Cycle lanes and routes
The County Council is committed to promoting cycling as an alternative mode of travel to the car for short trips or as part of longer journeys.
Cycle lanes can be:
Type of lane
Usage by other road users
Solid white lines
Other vehicles are excluded for at least part of the day.
Broken white lines
Other road users can use them if necessary and may be allowed to park in them at certain times.
Common cycling facilities and signs
|Type of sign||Purpose|
Toucan crossings are designed for both pedestrians and cyclists; typically used adjacent to a cycle-path. They allow cyclists to cross at the same time as pedestrians without the need to dismount (cyclists are not allowed to cross the road using zebra, pelican or puffin crossings whilst riding). There is a green cycle symbol alongside the green man.
Advanced cycle stop markings
These are marked and signed area at a signalled junction (usually having a coloured surface with a cycle symbol in it), like a box in front of the stop line of traffic signals. They give cyclists a safe, visible area to wait, where they are segregated from other traffic. They also allow cyclists to move ahead before other vehicles, making it safer for cyclists to turn left or right.
Contra-flow cycle lanes
These allow a cyclist to travel against the direction of flow of a one-way street in safety and offers a more convenient and direct route. A mandatory contra-flow cycle lane is bounded by a continuous white line.
Cyclists in bus lanes
As long as the cycle symbol appears in the bus lane sign, cyclists can use these lanes as some bus lanes are signed "bus only". The cyclist must remember that large vehicles may be using the lane and that traffic turning left will cross the lane.
Shared use path
The path can be used by cyclists as well as pedestrians. Cyclists must give way to pedestrians.
Segregated route/pedestrian path
There is some form of physical separation distinguishing the cyclist and pedestrian areas - usually a delineator white line, a raised white line or a kerb.
You can see the major cycle routes in North Yorkshire by using our online maps. These include national and regional routes as well as the "Way of the Roses" route. You can access the maps using the button below.
In addition to this, a number of printable cycling guides have been produced and can be found here.
Cycle lanes and routes - frequently asked questions