Down the pub yesterday for a mid evening relaxant I was chatted to by a local cement truck driver. Knowing me to be a cyclist - bib tights at the bar are always a giveaway- he proceded to tell me about being held up by a middle-aged woman cycling up Oxford's Woodstock road and delaying traffic whilst next to her was a cycle lane. Fair enough, I think in that situation she should be on the cycle lane. But then it gets weird...
He claims a cop car overtakes them both and stops her and the driver. He then asks the driver how long he had been stuck behind her and the told her the council had spent a fortune on the cycle path and she had to use it, She claimed she was doing nothing wrong and the cop allegedly got angry and asked her if she had a driving license, she replied yes and he said she should be careful or he'd do her for dangerous driving.
Obviously this could all be a fantasy by the trucker but a couple of questions.
Do you HAVE to use a cycleway (as opposed to it being commonsense)?
Can your driving license ever be affected by cycling offences - my coming back from the pub is certainly open to prosecution if that is the case?
I'm sure the second is bollocks but am uncertain about the first.