they make this stuff up as they go along

LTN 1/89, "Making way for cyclists":

LTN 2/08, "Cycle Infrastructure Design":

As a result of concerns over the safety of parallel cycle tracks crossing side roads, it is becoming common European practice to reintroduce cyclists to the main road in advance of a junction. Cyclists pass the junction on the carriageway and then rejoin the cycle track.

Those "advisory crossings" that it references, by the way:

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