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The road can be a dangerous place for cyclists, but one way to make it safer is by using road markings to create cycle lanes. But it’s not quite that easy and there are many considerations to take into account to ensure cycle lanes are as safe as they can be.

Types of lines

A solid white line on a cycle lane signifies to drivers that they must stay outside of this area, regardless of whether there is a cyclist there or not. However, cyclists do have the option of leaving the lane should they need to take an alternative route.

Dotted white lines mean that although drivers should stay clear of the lane, they cannot be prosecuted for driving or parking in it. To keep cycle lanes clear for bike users, use UK road signs and parking line paint to indicate restricted areas and spaces for cars to park outside of the lane.


Cycle lanes must be 1.5 metres wide at a minimum, but ideally, they should be painted to encompass 2 metres, especially on roads where cars travel more quickly. If your cycle lanes are less than 1.5 metres, cars will likely pass cyclists very closely. According to research, they may pass even more closely than if the lane hadn’t been there, potentially making the cycle lane more dangerous.

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For more information on how to use parking line paint to keep cyclists safe, get in touch. Here at Highways West Midlands, our team is dedicated to offering sound advice and high-quality paint that will last harsh outdoor environments. Give us a call or browse our services today.