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Cycling Safely - Cyclists On Pavements

Cyclists are not allowed to ride on pavements even if you perceive there to be dangers on the road. It is a criminal offence, contrary to Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835, punishable by a fine from £30 (fixed penalty) up to £500. It may also leave you open to prosecution for careless riding, dangerous riding or causing death by dangerous riding.

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Rules Of The Road For Cyclists

Using Cycle Paths

Where there is a designated cycle path, it is permissible to cycle on this despite the fact it may look like part of the pavement. However, it is important to make sure you remain in your lane and be careful of excessive speed. Archive notes on the Department of Transport code of conduct for cyclists gives general advice on using cycle paths, particularly those shared with pedestrians, suggesting "if you want to cycle quickly, say in excess of 18mph/30 kph, then you should be riding on the road". You must also look at the rules for the particular places you are riding, for example there have been some instances where cyclists have been caught "speeding" in London Parks. There are bylaws which govern these areas and you must be aware of them or face a possible fine if you are going too fast.

Cyclists v Pedestrians

Cyclists have often received bad press for accidents involving pedestrians, as a result of a couple of extreme cases where cyclists have killed pedestrians. The simple fact is, however, if a cyclist has an accident with a pedestrian, while riding on the pavement or crossing a pathway, the cyclist is likely to be facing the majority of blame.

Issues With Cycle Accidents

The issues are likely to be complicated, particularly as by their nature cycle accidents usually involve a cyclist on their own (i.e. they have nobody travelling with them to support what they say happened). The case is likely to be complicated, so you need an expert solicitor in your corner who understands all the issues.

How can Routh Clarke help you?

Nick Routh is a keen cyclist and is on the road at least three times a week training for an Ironman or his next race. He has ridden in London and been much closer to the underside of a London bus than he would have liked, or was healthy for him! He is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). If you want someone to represent you, who completely understands what it’s like to ride a bicycle in all weathers, on all terrains and along side motorists who are less than keen on the cycling community, call him today for a no obligation chat about your situation.

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