House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Popat on 30 January (HL Deb, col 1351) concerning cycling on pavements, whether all cycling on pavements is prohibited and liable to punishment by a fine.

Photo of Baroness Kramer Baroness Kramer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

All cycling on the pavement (“footway”) is an offence under Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835 and illegal cycling on footways causes much concern especially to our most vulnerable pedestrians, such as the elderly, disabled and visually impaired.

The Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) is £50 (increased from £30 on 16 August 2013), which provides the police with a direct means of dealing with illegal cycling on the pavement. The police can issue this fine as appropriate or prosecute offenders with a maximum fine of £500.

The enforcement of this offence is an operational matter for individual chief officers of police. We support any action taken by the police to deter and reduce the number of cycling offences. Officers can issue verbal warnings, fixed penalty notices or report the road user for formal prosecution. Police officers may use their discretion if, for example, a cyclist is using the pavement for safety reasons but is being careful and not putting pedestrians at risk.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 14 Feb 2014 5:49 pm (Report this annotation)

So all cycling on pavements is illegal? Yet, when cycling "facilities" are provided by local authorities they often take the form of "shared use" footpaths where cyclists are expected to cycle on pavements. Where is the logic?