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LETTER: Are cyclists allowed to cycle on pavements?

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A pedestrian’s actions led to the death of a 77 -year-old cyclist in Huntingdon.

 Auriol Grey, 49, shouted towards Celia Ward, who fell into the path of a car in Huntingdon in 2020.

Grey, who was said to have resented the presence of the cyclist, was jailed for three years after a court convicted her of manslaughter.

In the light of that case, a CambsNews reader poses the question – and an answer – as to whether cyclists are allowed to cycle on pavements.

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George Street, Huntingdon, Pedestrians and Cyclist should “share with care”.

George Street, Huntingdon, Pedestrians and Cyclist should “share with care”.

Peterborough Crown Court heard Grey “resented” the presence of the cyclist.

Grey, of Bradbury Place, Huntingdon, was jailed for three years after being convicted of manslaughter.

Here’s what John Morris has to say.

In 2011, Minister of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP, restated the official line from the Department for Transport (DfT) that cyclists may ride on pavements – on condition they do so considerately.

This guidance has also been endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

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“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” said Robert Goodwill MP.

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The key message from Hunts Walking & Cycling Group is that all road users should #ShareWithCare, this includes pedestrians, cyclists, and car drivers.

John Morris

Founder, Hunts Walking & Cycling Group – supporting active & sustainable travel in Huntingdonshire

http://tinyurl.com/HuntsWalkCycle

 

Footnote by Mr Morris:

  1. This guidance still applies to the new Highway Code. Source documents :

https://www.eta.co.uk/2021/07/06/cyclists-may-ride-on-pavements-on-condition-they-do-so-considerately/

https://road.cc/content/news/108119-transport-minister-responsible-cyclists-can-ride-pavement

 

 

 

 

 

 

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