Cycling on the pavement is illegal and I will not defend it

Messenger Newspapers: Cycling on the pavement is against the law Cycling on the pavement is against the law

ANN Greenwood, Messenger, (February 6 ‘Bikes are a danger’) has completely twisted my words.

I stated clearly that cycling on the pavement was illegal and I could not/would not defend it.

How has she therefore interpreted my letter as justifying it?

My point stands that safety on the roads needs to be improved and that too many people are being injured and killed on our roads.

Pedestrians, cyclists (and other motorists in increased insurance premiums) have all been victim to drivers who have been allowed to carry on driving even after accumulating sufficient points to warrant a ban.

A Davies

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5:00pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DCampion says...

The statement that 'cycling on the pavement is illegal as though it is a fact, it is not as simple as that. Only last month a minister in the Department for Transport reiterated that pavement use by cyclists is permitted in certain circumstances and that police officers must use discretion when dealing with cyclists.
DfT figures for the 10 years from 2003 reveal that 23 pedestrians were killed by cyclists while 3,330 pedestrians were killed by cars. Another study shows that only 10% of pedestrians killed by cyclists were on a pavement at the time.
Selfish and inconsiderate cycling, whether on pavement or road, is to be deplored but the DfT figures suggest that danger to pedestrians from cyclists is more imagined than real.

David Campion
The statement that 'cycling on the pavement is illegal as though it is a fact, it is not as simple as that. Only last month a minister in the Department for Transport reiterated that pavement use by cyclists is permitted in certain circumstances and that police officers must use discretion when dealing with cyclists. DfT figures for the 10 years from 2003 reveal that 23 pedestrians were killed by cyclists while 3,330 pedestrians were killed by cars. Another study shows that only 10% of pedestrians killed by cyclists were on a pavement at the time. Selfish and inconsiderate cycling, whether on pavement or road, is to be deplored but the DfT figures suggest that danger to pedestrians from cyclists is more imagined than real. David Campion DCampion
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8:49am Mon 17 Feb 14

cromford says...

Cyclists on the road or on the pavement are not a safety problem.

Drivers of motor vehicles cause nearly all the death and injury on our roads.

Motorists killing pedestrians are a real problem, and we should fine and imprison more of them until they cease their daily slaughter on out roads.
Cyclists on the road or on the pavement are not a safety problem. Drivers of motor vehicles cause nearly all the death and injury on our roads. Motorists killing pedestrians are a real problem, and we should fine and imprison more of them until they cease their daily slaughter on out roads. cromford
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