Cycling: Road Traffic Offences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Baroness McIntosh of Pickering Baroness McIntosh of Pickering Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cyclists have been prosecuted for (1) failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing, and (2) cycling on a pavement in each of the last three years.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The information relating to prosecutions for ‘cyclists failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing’ is covered by the offence ‘pedal cycle - neglect of traffic direction’. The number of defendants prosecuted for ‘pedal cycle - neglect of traffic directions’ offences (the broader offence which includes ‘failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing’) has fluctuated over the last three years; there were 201 prosecutions in 2015, 443 in 2016 and 313 in 2017.

The number of cyclists prosecuted for cycling on a pavement in each of the last three years has been decreasing over the last three years; there were 290 prosecutions in 2015, 225 in 2016 and 200 in 2017.

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