Get a grip by ajisaac

Get a grip

My ongoing gripe is one that involves cyclists over the age of 13 that ride on the pavements, especially those who are adults who should know better!

I have nearly been knocked over 5 times in about three months with such behaviour.

Please don't think I have a vendetta against cyclists as my son is a keen cyclist and never rides on the pavements except if their is a designated cycle path! If he can do it so can everyone else!

In the UK Section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 prohibits ‘wilfully riding’ on footpaths, which refers to the path at the side of a carriageway. (Under 10's are exempt).

The original law from 1835 doesn’t refer to bicycles or cyclists (as bicycles weren’t in such common use in England as they are today) and it doesn’t mention pavements - as this is a modern word. However, the interpretation is clear - it’s not legal for a cyclist to ride their bike on the pavement. The Highway Code also states: “You must not cycle on a pavement.”

The offence of riding a bike on the pavement is punishable by an on-the-spot fine, a fixed penalty notice of £30. This is charged under Schedule 3 and Section 51 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

Perhaps if the adult offenders get a warning then next time give them a fine of £30 we will see change in the riding habits of those who wilfully continue to endanger pedestrians lives.

P.S. Please note I have great respect for cyclists who use the Highway correctly.

So ends my gripe of the time!
Oh so agree with you!!
October 1st, 2019  
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