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Allow cycling on pavements

8 Comments 6th July 2014

Ban the law which states you cannot cycle on pavements. One should just be asked to cycle safely by paying due attention to others. Cycling on pavements does not kill people and causes unnecessary time-wasting by police forces. If a cyclist is knocked over he/she is always going to come off worse, so it is in their best interests not to bump into anything. This natural law requires no other cycle-restricting law to be in place, since falling off and hurting yourself is a much better deterrent than being 'caught' by the police.

By extension, this should also apply to red-lights, since once again, the natural law of falling off bike and getting hurt is a much better deterrent than cameras and police. If you jump a red as a cyclist, you know you will die unless you are absolutely sure of what you are doing. Hence a better deterrent.

 
By extension, this should also apply to red-lights, since once again, the natural law of falling off bike and getting hurt is a much better deterrent than cameras and police. If you jump a red as a cyclist, you know you will die unless you are absolutely sure of what you are doing. Hence a better deterrent.

Why does this matter?

Let cyclists decide for themselves when and if they need to get onto a pavement, cross a red light or go slowly through a crowded street – why make laws that get broken, criminalise an otherwise law-obeying group and discourage parents from letting their young kids cycle because they have to go on busy roads?

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8 Responses to Allow cycling on pavements

  1. P M Embley says:

    Cyclists on the foot paths are dangerous to pedestrians Particularly when adults and older children ride by quickly and you are not able to hear them.

  2. Philip says:

    Sadly cyclists have killed pedestrians in the past. A 20 mph impact can have very serious consequences. As with most laws it’s not the well mannered cyclists that need banning from the pavements it’s the reckless few who endanger themselves and pedestrians. If it was legal then they would treat the pavement as “theirs”. Sadly laws must apply to everyone. So to ban the rude and reckless idiots you have to ban the well mannered nice guys as well.

  3. Neil says:

    Currently it is safer to cycle on pavement/path than it is to cycle on the road. Drivers feel they have a right to pass cycles close, give little space and endanger lives.
    Where I live the councile have changed a lot of paths/pavements to cycle paths. This has confused the issue as it is not always clear where it starts and ends. Can they legally do this? I doubt it, but who are we to question?
    If you read the current advice and news abotu cycling on the pavement then it is pro cycle, and police should only get involved when there is antisocial or injury expected/involved. Especially where young children are involved.

    Due to the current popularity of cycling in the UK, I believe we may see things starting to change for the better. If not there are several groups that will start to organise cycle events that will block road and cause people to pay attention.

  4. Callum says:

    WHAT A TERRIBLE IDEA!!!!!
    I cycle a lot and find that the biggest problem I have with traffic is when I am coming off the pavement, not when I am on the road. When I have cycled around I follow the road rules, wear high-vis and I’m clear on where I am going. Drivers generally respect that fact, coming on and off pavements causes uncertainty and as a reult is dangerous. Staying on the pavement the whole time? Not unless there are markings on the pavement for people and cyclists for reasons mentioned above.

  5. Carl says:

    I ride on pavements all the time, it is much safer and I am unwilling to put my life at risk with the crazy drivers of the world. The councils should build cycle lanes on all roads.

    • Liz Ovington says:

      So you prefer to put pedestrians at risk of being hit by a bicycle? If you are scared of cycling on the road you should walk. The pavement is not for vehicles.

  6. fred mc veigh says:

    I hate people who cycle on pavements.They are a danger to young children and old folks.If they consider the roads too dangerous to cycle on then they should walk.Most cyclists ride their bikes at dangerous speeds and give the impression they don’t give a damn about anyone except themselves.

    • Liz Ovington says:

      Well said! It’s about time something was done about this issue. The media bang on about banning smoking in public places but I think people on bicycles whizzing past me and my daughter on the pavement as they do gives much more cause for concern.

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