What we say

We want to see more cycling as well as walking. Both are green, clean and healthy ways of getting around.

Pedestrians and cyclists share many common objectives – both forms of transport have been marginalised at the expense of motor vehicles.

But, pavement cycling is illegal: the law must be better enforced, and more needs to be done to make cyclists feel safer on the road so that they aren’t tempted to use pavements.

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What we want

A major cause of pavement cycling is the perceived risk to cyclists from fast-moving motor traffic.

We believe that the best way to make all our streets safer for everyone is to introduce a default speed limit of 20 mph in built-up areas.

Only a small minority of cyclists use the pavement and affect pedestrians. So we want to see greater enforcement by police of cycling offences, particularly pavement cycling.

We also need an urgent review of how the justice system deals with mistakes, carelessness, recklessness and deliberately dangerous behaviour by all road users.

Did you know?

24%

Share of trips taken by walking or cycling in 2015.

43%

People aged 5+ who owned or had use of a bicycle in 2015.

<1%

Pedestrian fatalities caused by someone cycling.

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FAQs

What do you think about cycle hire schemes?

The potential to get people out of their cars and cycling is exciting. But, the introduction of cycle hire schemes has not been without problems. All cyclists should know their responsibilities to cycle safely. Cycle hire parking also needs to be provided so that it doesn’t negatively impact on people on the pavement. Traditionally bike parking takes space from pedestrians, but in city centres the pavements are full and it’s time some road space, such as car parking bays, made way for cycles too.

If cycling on the pavement is illegal, why do so many cyclists continue to do it?

The number may be small, but when a pedestrian is tragically killed or injured by someone cycling this doesn’t make it any less devastating for the family involved. Many cyclists report cycling on the pavement because they feel unsafe on the road. Dangerous driving, high speed limits, and a lack of designated cycle lanes make our streets less safe for everyone. But the current legal framework is not acting as an effective deterrent to acting dangerously on the road. 

 

Do you support shared spaces or shared use schemes between cyclists and pedestrians?

We believe that “shared space” ideas have a large part to play in improving conditions for pedestrians in high streets, public squares, and residential streets. But, if a pavement exists it must do so for the sole use of pedestrians. Shared space schemes do not have to include shared use routes for pedestrians and cyclists, and segregated walking and cycle lanes are often preferable. However, space for the cycle lane should come from the road space, instead of the pavement. Click here for more on shared spaces.