E-bike traffic rules in the U.K.
Driving in traffic can be tricky. There are many rules and regulations for your and other road users’ safety. When riding one of Voi’s e-bikes in the U.K., remember the following rules:
Use dedicated cycling infrastructure
Use cycling tracks, advanced stop lines, and toucan crossings. If needed, drive on the road instead. Never drive on pavements or footpaths — that is strictly forbidden and can be dangerous for both you and pedestrians.
Watch out for pedestrians
Be extra careful around children, older or disabled people — make sure you leave plenty of room for them and be prepared to slow down or stop. Never assume that they’re paying as much attention to you as you are to them.
Signal to other road users
When you are leaving a cycle lane or turning onto an intersection, make sure you give a signal by holding out a hand in the direction you are going. If you need to alert another road user of your presence, make sure to ring your bike’s bell and make contact.
Ride on the left side of the road or cycle lane
Always ride as far to the left as possible. If you want to pass a cyclist in front of you, do it from their right side. Make sure the opposite lane is free of traffic before passing!
Obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals
Follow all traffic signs and signals, no exceptions. Stop for red lights, follow priority signs and warning signals, and read information signs.
Do not drink and ride
It’s dangerous and foolish to ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including certain medications. Alcohol and drugs negatively affect your judgement, reaction time, sight and balance. If you’re unsure about your condition, use another mode of transportation. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Pay attention and adapt your riding to your surroundings
Keep an eye out for bumps in the road, gravel, cobblestones, and grass — these variations can cause the bike to swerve or move unexpectedly. Reduce your speed when approaching an obstacle, crossing, or roundabout.
Keep your distance and stay alert
Keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicles in front (or behind) you. When possible, keep an arm’s length away from parked cars on the side of the road, so you don’t accidentally get hit by someone opening their car door.