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Cycling on the pavement - how naughty is it?

Penny Saver Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
I've just read something on 'tinternet saying there's a £500 fine for cycling on the pavement. Now, I don't cycle very often, but it has been known, and having once been knocked off by a bus which then didn't stop (driver didn't even know he'd 'touched' me) I no longer cycle on the road. I don't cycle fast, if I cycle at all, it's for leisure not speed. So will I get into trouble for sauntering along, quite carefully and with great respect for little old ladies and their dogs, as well as cars pulling off drive ways, on my bike - on the pavement?

Just so you know, when I got knocked off by a bus, it was early morning, 6am, I had on a hi-vis vest and a helmet. It was mid-summer, not even a bit dark or gloomy. He just didn't see me, or passed too close, touched my side, and knocked me off. Someone else saw and stopped to assist, but it has made me lose all confidence on my push bike. And I'm not daft on the road myself, I am a driver and a motor-biker, it was just that he had completely not seen me or even been aware of hitting me, that has made me prefer the pavement.
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
You'll only get in trouble if you're caught cycling on the pavement antisocially, i.e cycling fast where there are lots of pedestrians, skidding etc.
#2
Snailman
You'll only get in trouble if you're caught cycling on the pavement antisocially, i.e cycling fast where there are lots of pedestrians, skidding etc.


So it'd have to be a copper having a VERY bad day to nick me for sauntering to the post office for a book of stamps on a Friday afternoon?
#4
you can get fined but most people dont care..

though it does annoy me (as a cyclist myself) when people ride on the pavement and im walking on the pavement especailly when they think they are "cool"
#5


I don't think I'm capable of reaching any kind of speed going downhill with a following wind. I'm talking proper saunter speed - the sort of speed that would seriously irritate drivers if I were on the road. And yes, I have a bell!
#6
I find it intimidating as a pedestrian when a cyclist passes me on the pavement. I always imagine they are going to snatch my bag and pedal off.
#7
It's proper illegal - a breach of Highways Act 1835 section 72, says the Highway Code, which I've been reading through as practise for my theory test.

Police generally aren't too bothered though, not if you're going through a sparsely populated area at a respectable pace. It's usually only if you're causing a potential danger to the public that they'll pull you up.
#8
Just cycle on the bloody pavement rofl.

Everyone does it. Any time I cycle (next to never now) I would always use the pavement, since I'm not exactly going fast.
banned#9
You'll get a ticking off by most officers, I've been stopped twice for not having lights even had 3 squad cars chase me down once and I admitted to having 3 pints of stella, still didn't fine or lock me up, just checked my name on their database.

I've also been knocked off my bike on the road so I cycled on the pavement then got hit by a tractor, you can't win where ever you cycle. I didn't get prosecuted for putting blood on the tractor. The policeman just gave me the address of somewhere I could do proper off road mountain biking.

offending tractor (broke my collar bone) on that there bumper.

http://www.stalhameng.co.uk/JCB_FASTRAC_3230-H02[1].JPG
#10
Cyclists on pavements do not tend to annoy me, they are usually respectful of pedestrians. My bugbear is those that are on the road, yet cycle through junctions on a green man. Yesterday, when this happened it was nearly my boy that got hit by a cyclist, who had to swerve to avoid. By the time I have checked my son is ok the cyclist is wel away, no idea if even male let alone a description. Grrr.
#11
The coppers down our way are always cycling down the one-way system the wrong way outside my work. Just goes to show LOL ;-)

Like has already been pointed out - no problem unless its in an antisocial way. Gotta be sensible about it.
#12
queenlush
I find it intimidating as a pedestrian when a cyclist passes me on the pavement. I always imagine they are going to snatch my bag and pedal off.


Are you being serious?
I have to ride on the pavement sometimes due to really narrow roads & in some places you are highly likely to be knocked off, I've been clipped loads of times by cars so jump on the pavement when I think a roads a bit dodgy.
I don't drive like a nutter when I do but if drivers took a bit more care looking out for cyclists & motorcyclists I wouldn't need to, they seem to constantly moan about cyclists & motorcyclists but then act like road rules don't apply because you aren't in a car as well.

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