Here is some guidance on our interpretation of the signage in use in Derby City Centre regarding the use of streets for cycling. We hope it is useful and informative. It is not a definitive legal definition, but is intended to help people understand the principles of the access which each sign is intended to convey.
Only the rules as they apply to cycling are described.
- Cycling allowed between 5pm and 10am only.
A bicycle is a vehicle, therefore the “no vehicles” sign prohibits bicycles except at the times shown.
St Peter’s Street and Cornmarket
The sign excludes motor vehicles, and because a bicycle is not a motor vehicle it is allowed to be ridden on this street. E-bikes are not classed as motor vehicles, so these can be ridden where motor vehicles are prohibited.
Irongate and Amen Alley
Here, at the bottom of Irongate, motor vehicles cannot access Cornmarket, so the “exception” sign is slightly different to some other places.
A bicycle is a vehicle and is therefore prohibited from this street unless delivering or picking up items to an address on the street, or an address accessed from it, between the times shown. In Derby many of these streets are one-way, and there is no cycle exception to this.
East Street, Exchange Street, St Peters Churchyard, Sadler Gate, St James’ Street
This is a one-way street, and no vehicles (which includes bicycles) can enter. Bicycles may be able to come in the other direction, that depends on the signage at the entry point to the one-way street.
Exchange Street off Albert Street; St Peter’s Churchyard from Green Lane direction; Sadler Gate off Bold Lane/Strand.