For safety reasons cycling should generally be permitted on pavements unless designated otherwise  in high density pedestrian areas. It is irrational that invalid carriages/scooters should alone have this dispensation since cyclists are equally vulnerable road users.This would encourage parents to allow their children to cycle more readily and might encourage cycling more generally.

In many out of town centre areas where pavements are often infrequently  used by pedestrians I would suggest that the general rule should be  dual use but that cyclists 'Give way to pedestrians'. 

Why is this idea important?

Safety, rationality and to  encourage more forms of green transport. Most roads without designated cycle lanes are simply too dangerous for cycling.

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