I propose that is should no longer be an offence for the followng people to ride on the footpath
-children under 16 years
-any adult accompanying that child, not exceeding one adult per child unless in a family group
This would encourage children and families to ride bicycles for short journeys.
If schools were required to provide enclosed and secure cycle lockers for children who used their bicycle for more than 75% of days (dip-sampled and withdrawn if not occupied by a bicycle for the required proportion), there would be a huge increase in children cycling to and from school.
It should also no longer be an offence for
-any person to cycle on the footpath where the vehicle speed limit exceeds 30 mph ie outside built up areas. These roads are too fast for bicycles and motor vehicles to co-exist and are rarely used by pedestrians these days.
The offences of careless and dangerous cycling already exist and should remain.
Why does this idea matter?
I have been an operational Police Officer for 30 years in a metropolitan force and have never come across a pedestrian injured by any bicycle, let alone a carefully ridden one. I have, however, come across many cyclists killed or seriously injured by motor vehicles, and as a result, have watched an exponential increase in car journeys, particularly for the school run, short family outings and trips into the local countryside.