It's recently been reported that police in the London borough of Camden have said they will not prosecute cyclists who ride on the pavement (BBC). Instead, officers will look at reasons why cyclists are taking to the pavements.
Tompion Platt, Head of Policy, Living Streets says:
"Living Streets believes more people cycling is good for people walking and society more generally. Therefore we need to build safe and inviting infrastructure so people of all ages and abilities feel safe to cycle their everyday journeys.
"Whether on foot or on bike, by far the greatest threat is motor traffic. However, walking and cycling are two very different modes: mixing them together inappropriately can cause fear, anxiety and even serious injury.
"Improving cycle safety and convenience should not diminish the safety and convenience of people walking. And any change to the street environment must take into account the accessibility needs of all kinds of users, including the blind and visually impaired.
"Where pavement cycling is prevalent, the first thing highway authorities should be asking is ‘why are people choosing to ride on the pavement?’ and then working to create a safe and attractive environment away from the footway for people to cycle.
"Pavement cycling is illegal and should be enforced using common sense and discretion – for example you wouldn’t expect a young child cycling to school to use a busy road. However, local highway authorities shouldn’t be let of the hook from building good cycle infrastructure by simply pushing the conflict onto the footway."