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[Image taken 22.9.22] Next to Bella Italia, Clifton Moor Gate, York. In most existing guides, the minimum recommended space between supports is 100cm. CYC is now recommending 120cm – this accommodates more shapes of people, panniers, lifting a child on/off, loading a cycle (which you do from the side). However, it can still be tight of there are two cycles with panniers, etc. The racks are spaced unevenly. This means (intentionally or otherwise) that people can choose their space responsibly ie not using a wider gap if they don’t need it. It would have to be a very slimmed down machine to use the end space that is just 44cm wide. Plus, you’d need agility and likely long arms – the cycle parking roof structure limits access as does the fence post. I haven’t seen one of the plastic structures attached to the trailer bike, for several years. Rule 163 of the Highway Code republished in 2022 (www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/using-the-road-159-to-203) says: “[As a guide:] leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists at speeds of up to 30mph, and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds”. This still seems close when the road has a noisy surface, the vehicle is large and moving fast, and there are parts that protrude and therefore intrude into the ‘envelope’ around the cyclists envelope. But crikey, how did we ever consider a piece of plastic this short to be safe and sufficient – even with the reflector? Other images here today: #186258, #186259.

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