References & Changes to the Highway Code
December 2021 - Simpler advice regarding riding two abreast & adopting Primary Position
Rule 66 You should...
Avoid any actions that could reduce your control of your cycle
Be considerate of the needs of other road users when riding in groups. You can ride two abreast and it can be safer to do so, particularly in larger groups or when accompanying children or less experienced riders. Be aware of drivers behind you and allow them to overtake (for example, by moving into single file or stopping) when you feel it is safe to let them do so •
Not ride close behind another vehicle in case it stops suddenly
Not carry anything which will affect your balance or may get tangled up with your wheels or chain
Be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians, and horse riders (see Rule H1). Let them know you are there when necessary, for example, by calling out or ringing your bell if you have one. It is recommended that a bell be fitted.
New Rule 72 Road positioning...
When riding on the roads, there are two basic road positions you should adopt, depending on the situation.
Ride in the centre of your lane, to make yourself as clearly visible as possible, in the following situations:
On quiet roads or streets – if a faster vehicle comes up behind you, move to the left to enable them to overtake, if you can do so safely
In slower-moving traffic - when the traffic around you starts to flow more freely, move over to the left if you can do so safely so that faster vehicles behind you can overtake
At the approach to junctions or road narrowings where it would be unsafe for drivers to overtake you