Author Topic: Reading road markings  (Read 1060 times)


  • Arno
Reading road markings
« on: May 01, 2019, 07:31:56 pm »
Dear Yacf-ers,
if you have a bit of time to spare  to look at this section of East  London road,-0.0001291,3a,60y,351.25h,77.22t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snpKZgW5M8FCy3lubPL3ibQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

you will see a cycle lane crossing Woof Street near walthamstow.
The lane is marked by elephant footprints which I understand are just an indication of where the cycle path goes (highlighted in a blue blob).
There are also some widely spaced dashed lines (inside the  red blobs)  and a zebra crossing for pedestrians.

Does the traffic on wood street have any obligation to stop for cyclists on the cycle path crossing ?

Re: Reading road markings
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2019, 07:38:41 pm »
That’s a parallel zebra crossing. The cycle track is part of the zebra - note the location of the Belisha beacon. Cycling have the same rights as pedestrians:

(Note that like for pedestrians, drivers are only obliged to stop *after* you’ve stepped/cycled off the pavement. Which is madness, but that’s what the rules say)


  • The Codfather
  • Formerly known as Jaded
Re: Reading road markings
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2019, 10:57:58 pm »
(Not helpful)

That’s an extraordinary amount of paint on the road there.

Round here our road markings are done in tarmac colour.
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  • Arno
Re: Reading road markings
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2019, 08:49:29 am »
Thanks for both replies. I thought the AI brain of a driverless car might be needed to decipher all the lines on time.


  • Timelord
Re: Reading road markings
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2019, 02:20:29 pm »
I remain unconvinced that drivers pay much attention to paint on the road.  Unless they're close-passing a cyclist to avoid crossing a white line.
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  • Arno
Re: Reading road markings
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2019, 07:07:06 pm »
'if in doubt, floor it' was the strategy adopted by one agitated gentleman at the (stiring)wheel or his ponderous vehicle last week at this spot. Makes you wonder sometimes between a driver and his car, who stirs who.


  • The Monkey and the Plywood Violin (RIP)
Re: Reading road markings
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2019, 01:39:21 pm »
Oh, are those a real thing? There's one newly appeared on my commute here: which I'd assumed was a frolic of Southwark's. It would be dangerous to ride across it assuming that road traffic -- even the cyclists -- would stop for you. It hasn't been at all obvious to me that I was meant to.