Originally Posted by RobertFoster
I don't really see the benefit of all the yield markings and signs at regular intervals on cycle paths -- who are they aimed at, who heeds them, who enforces them?
Yield markings are useful when used correctly. They serve to warn you that you are losing priority, should watch out for conflicting traffic and wait until it's safe to proceed.
Unfortunately they are misused a lot on cycle lanes. For example on the N11 going north there are dozens of yield markings at private driveways. They shouldn't be there, motorists leaving private property should be yielding to people on the public thoroughfare not the other way round. A cycle path shouldn't have dozens of yields where the adjacent road has none. All these yield signs serve to do is cover the ass of someone who was worried their badly designed cycle path was going to cause problems and as a side effect reduce the effectiveness of every yield marking that actually has a valid reason to be there.