Legalise Cycling on Pavements

Cycling on pavements should be legalised nationwide. Although cycling on the road should be encouraged, some roads are simply too dangerous. The understanding might be the pedestrian has the right of way over the cyclist (as pedestrians do with motorists). (I recently saw someone cycling along the A3 dual carriageway near Guildford – suicidal!)

As I understand, a pedestrian group that would resist this change is the blind. We need to balance the concerns of both groups. Some footpaths are currently marked as off limits to cyclists. This could be extended as required for the needs of specific groups of pedestrians. The fact is it is usual for a pedestrian to be killed by a cyclist, but it is too common for a cyclist to be killed by a car.

I think that cyclists are already liable if they injure other pavement users by reckless cycling(?)

Why is this idea important?

Cycling on pavements should be legalised nationwide. Although cycling on the road should be encouraged, some roads are simply too dangerous. The understanding might be the pedestrian has the right of way over the cyclist (as pedestrians do with motorists). (I recently saw someone cycling along the A3 dual carriageway near Guildford – suicidal!)

As I understand, a pedestrian group that would resist this change is the blind. We need to balance the concerns of both groups. Some footpaths are currently marked as off limits to cyclists. This could be extended as required for the needs of specific groups of pedestrians. The fact is it is usual for a pedestrian to be killed by a cyclist, but it is too common for a cyclist to be killed by a car.

I think that cyclists are already liable if they injure other pavement users by reckless cycling(?)

Repeal Diving at Work Regulations 1997 for Recreational Training

The Diving at Work Regulations 1997 regulations apply to all scuba diving for training in the UK. This includes both commercial and volunteer training. These regulations have been applied despite adequate self regulation by scuba diving training agencies (e.g. PADI, BSAC, etc). These regulations introduce unnecessary paperwork and effort, including:

  • Yearly medical checks for instructors
  • HSE risk assessments (including non-commercial instructors)
  • Redundancy of safety equipment – every group having their own emergency oxygen, when it could be provided at a central point at established diving locations
  • Unnecessary staffing requirements – this should be dictated by local conditions not blanket rules


These rules should be relaxed, eliminated or replaced by rules that are specifically designed for the wide range of conditions encountered in UK scuba diving training.

These regulations might be usefully retained for scuba diving involving police work, engineering work, etc. I am focusing on recreational diving training here.

Why is this idea important?

The Diving at Work Regulations 1997 regulations apply to all scuba diving for training in the UK. This includes both commercial and volunteer training. These regulations have been applied despite adequate self regulation by scuba diving training agencies (e.g. PADI, BSAC, etc). These regulations introduce unnecessary paperwork and effort, including:

  • Yearly medical checks for instructors
  • HSE risk assessments (including non-commercial instructors)
  • Redundancy of safety equipment – every group having their own emergency oxygen, when it could be provided at a central point at established diving locations
  • Unnecessary staffing requirements – this should be dictated by local conditions not blanket rules


These rules should be relaxed, eliminated or replaced by rules that are specifically designed for the wide range of conditions encountered in UK scuba diving training.

These regulations might be usefully retained for scuba diving involving police work, engineering work, etc. I am focusing on recreational diving training here.