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 cycling Order

I would very much like to see the Cycling (Permission to Ride on Pavements in Greater London) Order repealed, along with the Cycling (Permission to Ignore Red Lights on Pedestrian Crossing in Greater London) Order.

These Orders in Council appear to have been made sometime during the 1990s while I was on a tour of duty abroad. Since I returned I have had, as a pedestrian, several close brushes with cyclists making the most of their newfound freedom. What is freedom for one group constitutes a restriction and a risk for another.

Here's hoping fairness and balance reigns.

Yours

J Reubin

Why is this idea important?

I would very much like to see the Cycling (Permission to Ride on Pavements in Greater London) Order repealed, along with the Cycling (Permission to Ignore Red Lights on Pedestrian Crossing in Greater London) Order.

These Orders in Council appear to have been made sometime during the 1990s while I was on a tour of duty abroad. Since I returned I have had, as a pedestrian, several close brushes with cyclists making the most of their newfound freedom. What is freedom for one group constitutes a restriction and a risk for another.

Here's hoping fairness and balance reigns.

Yours

J Reubin

Cycling and Red Lights

Where traffic is controlled by red lights

Allow cyclist to proceed with caution on the main highway at a T-junction where the main carriageway is joined from the right. 

Allow cyclists to filter left at junctions with caution

At pedestrian crossings, allow cyclists to proceed with caution if the crossing is clear. i.e. a red is equivalent to  flashing amber.

Why is this idea important?

Where traffic is controlled by red lights

Allow cyclist to proceed with caution on the main highway at a T-junction where the main carriageway is joined from the right. 

Allow cyclists to filter left at junctions with caution

At pedestrian crossings, allow cyclists to proceed with caution if the crossing is clear. i.e. a red is equivalent to  flashing amber.

Cycle Paths

All new roads, except new motorways, should have a proper cycle path built along side but not as part of the road. Currently the 'extra' bit which is labelled as 'Cycle path' is expensive as it is built to the same standard as the main road whereas a separate and safe cycle path would be of light construction, cost very little and save lives and add to the health of the nation.

Why is this idea important?

All new roads, except new motorways, should have a proper cycle path built along side but not as part of the road. Currently the 'extra' bit which is labelled as 'Cycle path' is expensive as it is built to the same standard as the main road whereas a separate and safe cycle path would be of light construction, cost very little and save lives and add to the health of the nation.

Out and About: Mending Broken Britain

1. Walkways on all ways in Britain with wider more pleasant pavements in towns/villages/cities to encourage people to want to walk down the road.

Why dont people walk on the pavements?

a) Because many ways in Britain dont have any and you would be run over walking down narrow country roads which dont have any pavement. In these instances create walkways, if necessary behind ancient hedgerows so all pedestrians can travel down all the ways of Britain. The car should not have priority over the individual. I have taken holidays with my children in Britains country cottages and been hostage to travelling by car. It is a disgrace.

b) Because narrow or no pavements are unpleasant places to travel along compared to car use. I am 50 years old and would like to have a pavement wide enough not to have lorry dust blown into my face when I walk, to be able to pass looked after planters (looked after by community members) and seats for the elderly. To have the highway code give pedestrians greater  right over cars so they can cross roads more easily. Will it happen in my lifetime? I hope so!

2. Cycle lanes on all ways in Britain for the reasons above. I cannot cummute to work as I would be certain to be knocked off my bike at some time. The odd 50m of cycle lane at a junction doesn't help.

It may be necessary to push building lines back to allow wider pavements and cycle lanes to be incorporated into the fabric of our communities.

Why is this idea important?

1. Walkways on all ways in Britain with wider more pleasant pavements in towns/villages/cities to encourage people to want to walk down the road.

Why dont people walk on the pavements?

a) Because many ways in Britain dont have any and you would be run over walking down narrow country roads which dont have any pavement. In these instances create walkways, if necessary behind ancient hedgerows so all pedestrians can travel down all the ways of Britain. The car should not have priority over the individual. I have taken holidays with my children in Britains country cottages and been hostage to travelling by car. It is a disgrace.

b) Because narrow or no pavements are unpleasant places to travel along compared to car use. I am 50 years old and would like to have a pavement wide enough not to have lorry dust blown into my face when I walk, to be able to pass looked after planters (looked after by community members) and seats for the elderly. To have the highway code give pedestrians greater  right over cars so they can cross roads more easily. Will it happen in my lifetime? I hope so!

2. Cycle lanes on all ways in Britain for the reasons above. I cannot cummute to work as I would be certain to be knocked off my bike at some time. The odd 50m of cycle lane at a junction doesn't help.

It may be necessary to push building lines back to allow wider pavements and cycle lanes to be incorporated into the fabric of our communities.

Complusary for cyclists to use a cycle path if one available

I have a very good cycle path on my road but only about 20% of cyclists use it the other 80% uses the road and this causes tail backs and car drivers to take chances to overtake them

Why is this idea important?

I have a very good cycle path on my road but only about 20% of cyclists use it the other 80% uses the road and this causes tail backs and car drivers to take chances to overtake them

Cycling on Footpaths

Stop allowing cyclists to share the footpath (the clue's in the FOOTPATH) to many cyclists ride fast behind people who don't know they are there and many cyclists now believe they can use any footpath, one woman has already died when she stepped out from a shop door.

Why is this idea important?

Stop allowing cyclists to share the footpath (the clue's in the FOOTPATH) to many cyclists ride fast behind people who don't know they are there and many cyclists now believe they can use any footpath, one woman has already died when she stepped out from a shop door.

Cyclists should be insured and carry a registration plate

These supposed 'green' crusaders are clogging up streets in every city across the UK, causing more problems than they solve by slowing up automotive traffic. They aren't the solution, they are part of the problem.

Why is this idea important?

These supposed 'green' crusaders are clogging up streets in every city across the UK, causing more problems than they solve by slowing up automotive traffic. They aren't the solution, they are part of the problem.

End the School Run Traffic Chaos Nightmare

End the “School Run” Nightmare of local traffic chaos around schools and nearby residential roads caused by inconsiderate parents taking their children to school by car.

Parking wardens should patrol local streets during such times and parents leaving unattended cars inconsiderately should face hefty fines, in extreme cases removal of the vehicle if causing an obstruction 

Better still Implement an "Orange" school busses system similar to the USA with frequent stopping places to enable children to join at which point they pay a fare.

For children who live closer encourage walking and cycling to school.

Why is this idea important?

End the “School Run” Nightmare of local traffic chaos around schools and nearby residential roads caused by inconsiderate parents taking their children to school by car.

Parking wardens should patrol local streets during such times and parents leaving unattended cars inconsiderately should face hefty fines, in extreme cases removal of the vehicle if causing an obstruction 

Better still Implement an "Orange" school busses system similar to the USA with frequent stopping places to enable children to join at which point they pay a fare.

For children who live closer encourage walking and cycling to school.

Fine wreckless cyclists who run red lights etc

How many cyclists have you seen run a red light? 80/90 per cent of the ones I have seen do it. If that was a motorist caught by police they would eb in serious trouble.

Cyclist should be fined for this as it is a dangerous practice. It may cut down on accidents and also create some revenue for the government. How about £100 a shot!

Why is this idea important?

How many cyclists have you seen run a red light? 80/90 per cent of the ones I have seen do it. If that was a motorist caught by police they would eb in serious trouble.

Cyclist should be fined for this as it is a dangerous practice. It may cut down on accidents and also create some revenue for the government. How about £100 a shot!

protect cyclists on UK roads

In Holland ;when a car or truck have an accident with a cyclist then it is presumed the motorist is guilty ;ensures more respect for vulnerable carbon reducing cyclists whether commuting,for local leisure  or travelling and touring..

 

Like wise if a cyclist hits a pedestrian then the cyclist is presumed guilty;protects  vulnerable le pedestrians 

 

Ensure by law buses have bike racks for 6 cyclists .

 

All recommnded cycle routes which are recognised should have a white line painted demarking the cycle lane on the road;it works .

 

Why is this idea important?

In Holland ;when a car or truck have an accident with a cyclist then it is presumed the motorist is guilty ;ensures more respect for vulnerable carbon reducing cyclists whether commuting,for local leisure  or travelling and touring..

 

Like wise if a cyclist hits a pedestrian then the cyclist is presumed guilty;protects  vulnerable le pedestrians 

 

Ensure by law buses have bike racks for 6 cyclists .

 

All recommnded cycle routes which are recognised should have a white line painted demarking the cycle lane on the road;it works .

 

Repeal of the footpath law in UK

With the incredible upsurge in interest for cycling in UK, and particularly with mountain biking amongst younger people, there is huge frustration with regard to the laws concerning the definitions for footpaths, bridleways, byways etc which govern where one can cycle off-road in UK.

As a very keen mountain bike enthusiast, road biker and walker, laws which were made tens if not hundereds of years ago are clearly inappropriate for modern leisure needs.

 

I live in Cornwall, and out of the whole Southwest England coastal path, it is probably only a few lilometres which are legally ridable – a great pity considering that virtually any car you see heading on holiday in this direction usually has at least one bike attached!

 

So, let's show some commonsense and open up the countryside (aka Scotland).   

Why is this idea important?

With the incredible upsurge in interest for cycling in UK, and particularly with mountain biking amongst younger people, there is huge frustration with regard to the laws concerning the definitions for footpaths, bridleways, byways etc which govern where one can cycle off-road in UK.

As a very keen mountain bike enthusiast, road biker and walker, laws which were made tens if not hundereds of years ago are clearly inappropriate for modern leisure needs.

 

I live in Cornwall, and out of the whole Southwest England coastal path, it is probably only a few lilometres which are legally ridable – a great pity considering that virtually any car you see heading on holiday in this direction usually has at least one bike attached!

 

So, let's show some commonsense and open up the countryside (aka Scotland).   

Remove separate cycle lanes

Often down the sides of dual carriageways and other busy roads, there's a cycle lane.

Very few cyclists seem to use them, most prefer to ride on the carriageway where they get right-of-way over traffic joining the carriageway, and where they don't have as much risk of punctures from broken glass etc.

Wouldn't it make a lot of sense to remove these separate cycle lanes, increase the width of the road for ALL road users, and simply have one of those painted cycle lanes on the left of the main carriageway instead?  After all, that's where the cyclists are anyway!

Why is this idea important?

Often down the sides of dual carriageways and other busy roads, there's a cycle lane.

Very few cyclists seem to use them, most prefer to ride on the carriageway where they get right-of-way over traffic joining the carriageway, and where they don't have as much risk of punctures from broken glass etc.

Wouldn't it make a lot of sense to remove these separate cycle lanes, increase the width of the road for ALL road users, and simply have one of those painted cycle lanes on the left of the main carriageway instead?  After all, that's where the cyclists are anyway!

Allow bicycles to go down quiet one-way streets in both directions

This has been trialled in London and other places and, makes riding a bicycle more attractive by keeping away from busy vehicle routes.  This now needs to be rolled out nationally.

Why is this idea important?

This has been trialled in London and other places and, makes riding a bicycle more attractive by keeping away from busy vehicle routes.  This now needs to be rolled out nationally.

Cycling in parks and pavements

Most cyclist like myself are very careful and considerate.  We should be allowed to cycle on the pavements in quiet areas but priority should be given to pedestrians at all times.  In Japan cyclist are allowed on the pavement.  Also all parks should allow cycling.  My husband has to cycle around Hampstead Heath and has been knocked down several times, instead he could cycle through the Park instead.  Other countries manage it why not the UK.

Why is this idea important?

Most cyclist like myself are very careful and considerate.  We should be allowed to cycle on the pavements in quiet areas but priority should be given to pedestrians at all times.  In Japan cyclist are allowed on the pavement.  Also all parks should allow cycling.  My husband has to cycle around Hampstead Heath and has been knocked down several times, instead he could cycle through the Park instead.  Other countries manage it why not the UK.

Empower cyclists to risk assess and use pavements

Relax laws on cyclists and pavements. Its just stupid. Where I live there are narrow roads, busy traffic, lorries etc but wide (really wide) pavements. And those pavements are usually quite empty. 

I often use my common sense. (Yes… Common sense!) and leave the road, get on the pavement and make life a whole lot easier and safer for everyone.

Get rid of the cycles and pavements law and let people use common sense!!

Why is this idea important?

Relax laws on cyclists and pavements. Its just stupid. Where I live there are narrow roads, busy traffic, lorries etc but wide (really wide) pavements. And those pavements are usually quite empty. 

I often use my common sense. (Yes… Common sense!) and leave the road, get on the pavement and make life a whole lot easier and safer for everyone.

Get rid of the cycles and pavements law and let people use common sense!!

Cycling in public areas

I live in Dover, Kent and I don’t know if this is the most important thing that needs changing in our country right now but if you ride a push bike on the path, in the precinct or even in our central park you get a £30 spot fine although certainly in the precinct you’re allowed to drive a car there!!
I think this stupid law should be abolished and people should be encouraged to get back onto their bikes instead of driving, nobody would ride a pushbike at all if they had to push it for 50% of their journey. I believe this is a civil liberty issue but also potentially a health and environmental issue.

Why is this idea important?

I live in Dover, Kent and I don’t know if this is the most important thing that needs changing in our country right now but if you ride a push bike on the path, in the precinct or even in our central park you get a £30 spot fine although certainly in the precinct you’re allowed to drive a car there!!
I think this stupid law should be abolished and people should be encouraged to get back onto their bikes instead of driving, nobody would ride a pushbike at all if they had to push it for 50% of their journey. I believe this is a civil liberty issue but also potentially a health and environmental issue.

Bicycles should be exempt from VAT

Bicycles (pedal bikes, push-bikes, whatever you like to call them) should be given a VAT exemption similar to books, food and children's clothes. Bicycle helmets should also be exempt.

Why is this idea important?

Bicycles (pedal bikes, push-bikes, whatever you like to call them) should be given a VAT exemption similar to books, food and children's clothes. Bicycle helmets should also be exempt.

Repeal the Ban on Side-walk Cycling

As it is now it is against the law to cycle on the side-walk, even for children, punishable with up to several thousands of pounds.

The police do not enforce this law – it is pointless.

Replace it with a sensible law against riding dangerously, so that if cyclists speed on populated side-walks or pedestrian areas, the police can target those who drive dangerously and fine them.

Why is this idea important?

As it is now it is against the law to cycle on the side-walk, even for children, punishable with up to several thousands of pounds.

The police do not enforce this law – it is pointless.

Replace it with a sensible law against riding dangerously, so that if cyclists speed on populated side-walks or pedestrian areas, the police can target those who drive dangerously and fine them.