Cycling is very healthy and good for the air quality in our towns and cities. We want to get people cycling from an early age.
When teaching our children to cycle it is often safer to allow them to cycle on the side-walk, if it is not heavily populated. To force parents to let their children cycle in the road with cars and traffic will put a lot of parents off letting them cycle in the first place.
Liberalise this law, and focus on those thugs who cycle in a dangerous and menacing way, and let children gain confidence before we force them into the roads.