Three cyclists that were cycling on a pavement in Trafford was hit by a gigantic fine after they failed to respond to a Traffic Offence Report.
The fine was £335 each which is truly shocking and it is up to the individuals affected to decide if it is worth paying or challenging.
Although we cannot comment on the incident we can look at what the law says about cycling on a pavement.
New legislation was introduced in 1999 The then Home Office Minister Paul Boateng issued a letter stating that:
“The introduction of the fixed penalty is not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of traffic and who show consideration to other pavement users when doing so. 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.”
The law says you cannot cycle on a pavement but it clearly says so long as the cyclist is not deemed to be a danger to him or herself and the public, and is not going fast enough to cause a problem police should use some sense in the situation.
The above statement is further proof that cycling on a pavement is not always an offence, to the pedestrian this must seem crazy, we understand this but so long as the cyclists does not scare you! does not hit you or stops you in any way then in reality both of you are safe.
You also have to think about how dangerous the roads are now, it is not like it used to be at all, the years roll on and every year the roads are becoming more and more dangerous, we are not just talking about the motorists here either, the state of the roads are now as bigger a danger than anything else! do you think about these things when your slating a cyclist? who is acting in a reasonable way?
Cycling is for the road we agree but sometimes it is just more safer to be on a pavement, we also agree better cycling infrastructure is needed.