Cycleways: Invalid Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 19 December 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Wolf of Dulwich Baroness Wolf of Dulwich Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any cycle lanes in the UK to which mobility scooters have full access; whether they have considered making this a condition for the construction of fixed cycle lanes; and whether there are any legislative barriers to providing such access.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Provision of cycling infrastructure, including cycle lanes, is the responsibility of the local traffic authority. The Department for Transport does not hold data on the number of cycle lanes, nor whether mobility scooters are able to access them. It is for traffic authorities to decide what type of lane to provide and where.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 20 Dec 2016 12:39 pm (Report this annotation)

This is a total cop-out by the DFT of its responsibilities. The DFT should have responsibilities for collating information about such facilities and should enforce standards for their construction and use. Too many cycle lanes are not at all well designed and quite often are more dangerous than cycling on the main highway. Because of this I usually avoid cycling in them.