restore pedestrians rights

pedestrians rights have been eroded following government and local government policies to encourage cycling.  the current laws in place that cyclists are expected to follow should be enforced, and pedestrians should be given rights and the ability to be able to identify cyclists and ensure they are swiftly proesecuted.

Why is this idea important?

pedestrians rights have been eroded following government and local government policies to encourage cycling.  the current laws in place that cyclists are expected to follow should be enforced, and pedestrians should be given rights and the ability to be able to identify cyclists and ensure they are swiftly proesecuted.

Allow all foot paths and pavements to be used by cyclists

Given that many foot paths and pavements are rarely used and even where they are used there is ample capacity for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Many people are put off cycling because of the hazards presented by busy and congested roads.

Doing this would provide safer conditions and may encouarge people onto bikes and out of cars for work and increased activity for leisure.

Our vast and many miles of pavements which are usually kept in pretty good repair are a valuable and under used resource. 

Yes we would need a cultural/attitude change with regard to care and consideration between cyclists and pedestrians and other european countries manage this.

We might even reduce the School Traffic congestion in the mornings and afternoons with more parents/guardians having the confidence to allow their children to cycle to and from schools.

Why is this idea important?

Given that many foot paths and pavements are rarely used and even where they are used there is ample capacity for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Many people are put off cycling because of the hazards presented by busy and congested roads.

Doing this would provide safer conditions and may encouarge people onto bikes and out of cars for work and increased activity for leisure.

Our vast and many miles of pavements which are usually kept in pretty good repair are a valuable and under used resource. 

Yes we would need a cultural/attitude change with regard to care and consideration between cyclists and pedestrians and other european countries manage this.

We might even reduce the School Traffic congestion in the mornings and afternoons with more parents/guardians having the confidence to allow their children to cycle to and from schools.

Cycling on the footpath

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 is this idea important?

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.

Cycling and Pavements

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?

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'. 

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(?)

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.

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!!

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.

Abolish Cycling on the footway (pavement) is an offence under Section 72 ofthe Highways Act 1835 as amended by Section 85 (1) of the Local GovernmentAct 1888

this law dates back to 19th century when it made sense as people walked everywhere and was the only way to go from A to B.

These days pavements are hardly used by people as nowdays everyone drives. In addition, roads are very dangerous for cyclists as drivers dont leave enough space and can easily clip the handles with their side mirrors.

Looking at the Continent, no one seem to have an issue with cycling on the pavement. Duch seem to cope very well with cycling on the pavement so the Germans the French, Italians, Spanish, etc.

So this is an out dated law which doesn not make sense anymore.

Sometimes I can see people being stop for cycling along the pedestrianised high street when there is hardly anyone around. To me this does not make sense.

Same applies when cycling along the promenade. It is ok to cycle on a sunny Sunday with loads of people in May but it is not ok to cycle during the week in a cloudy day in July when there are few people walking on the beach……. 

Why is this idea important?

this law dates back to 19th century when it made sense as people walked everywhere and was the only way to go from A to B.

These days pavements are hardly used by people as nowdays everyone drives. In addition, roads are very dangerous for cyclists as drivers dont leave enough space and can easily clip the handles with their side mirrors.

Looking at the Continent, no one seem to have an issue with cycling on the pavement. Duch seem to cope very well with cycling on the pavement so the Germans the French, Italians, Spanish, etc.

So this is an out dated law which doesn not make sense anymore.

Sometimes I can see people being stop for cycling along the pedestrianised high street when there is hardly anyone around. To me this does not make sense.

Same applies when cycling along the promenade. It is ok to cycle on a sunny Sunday with loads of people in May but it is not ok to cycle during the week in a cloudy day in July when there are few people walking on the beach……. 

Riding bikes on pavements

Remove the law that stops cyclists riding on pavements or amend the law to allow cyclists to use pavements where the pavement exceeds a certain width.  Or at least allow disabled people with conditions like Dyspraxia the rights to ride on pavements (as Australia does).

Why is this idea important?

Remove the law that stops cyclists riding on pavements or amend the law to allow cyclists to use pavements where the pavement exceeds a certain width.  Or at least allow disabled people with conditions like Dyspraxia the rights to ride on pavements (as Australia does).