Police discretion urged over cyclists riding on pavements

A safety lobby group is urging police officers to use discretion when giving out fines to cyclists who ride on pavements.

Your views: Pavements are the only 'safe space' for pedestrians

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Sharon Irvine I have a condition that means I have problems with spatial awareness, balance, co-ordination and judging speed/distances. I find it difficult enough to navigate crossing roads and pavements are my "safe space" where the only thing I have to worry about is being run over by a pram.

Lynn Marno Holdsworth Cyclists want to be pedestrians and motorists all at once. They want to have their cake and eat it too. Me and my guide dog are relatively safe on the pavement for now.

Jaz Phillips People ride mobility scooters on pavements so what's the problem as long as there careful.

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Your views: Cycling on pavements 'ridiculous, dangerous'

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Cara Houlihan I think they should scrap the bikes. My kids were screamed at to move out way when playing on path. Ridiculous. Dangerous.

Joanna Jones I rode a bike on the pavement, I am sensible I don't ride too fast, I get off and push the bike if there are too many people on the pavement, I have been nearly run over while riding on the road due to dangerous driving.

Barry Z Yrrab They can get out of the way. Get off the bike and push it. Simple.

'Careful use' of discretion needed over pavement cycling

The Minister for Cycling, Robert Goodwill, has reissued the official guidance following the introduction of fixed fines for pavement cycling. It states:

The introduction of the fixed penalty is not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of the traffic, and who show consideration to other pavement users.

Chief police officers, who are responsible for enforcement, acknowledge that many cyclists, particularly children and young people, are afraid to cycle on the road, sensitivity and careful use of police discretion is required.

Police discretion urged over cyclists who ride on pavements

A safety lobby group is urging police officers to use discretion when giving out fines to cyclists who ride on pavements.

Boris Bikes parked at a station in central London Credit: Press Association

The group 'Stop Killing Cyclists' says sometimes it is important for those on bikes to get out of the way of lorries on the roads - and instead cycle on the pavement.

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