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Cyclists riding on pavements a danger to pedestrians

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Why do some cyclists think that they are exempt from the rules of the highway code?  Should they be treated differently because the bike doesn't have an engine?

I am talking specifically about those cyclists that feel the need to ride on the pavement instead of the cycle paths and roads.  Don't get me wrong, I can fully appreciate that the roads can be very dangerous and some car drivers can be extremely selfish when it comes to bikes, but that is no excuse for putting pedestrians in a dangerous situation.

Riding without lights at night, side by side

The rules of the highway code apply to "all road users" and are there for our safety as well as the safety of other road users.  Cyclists are unique in that they are unlicensed and there is no legal requirement to have insurance, they therefore should be expected to behave in a responsible manner for this privilege.

Cyclists should obey the highway code Riding on the pavements, riding without lights at night and side by side in the road is not exactly what I would call responsible.  These are the kind of actions that lead to accidents and possible injury to pedestrians and cyclists need to be made aware of the fact that they are sitting on a machine that can travel at speed and can cause harm.  I'd say riding a bike on the pavement is totally irresponsible and shows how much the cyclist in question cares about the safety of others.

No one wants to restrict the freedom of those who ride bikes, they are after all a great benefit to people and the environment.  We do however want to see a more safety conscious attitude from cyclists and less accidents involving pedestrians.


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stevietheb

stevietheb

I was walking (facing the traffic) on the (no cycling) pavement of a very busy road. The pavement was probably around 125cm wide. Looking to cross the road (as pedestrians are known to do), had I actually moved towards the kerb around 2 seconds earlier, I would have been involved in a life-changing accident. As it was, the cyclist behind me (she had a helmet and of course, I did not) just managed to squeeze past between me and road. She was clad in lycra and going at some speed and muttered "sorry" as she disappeared.

Surely if cyclists are going to break the law, they should at least have an obligation to warn of their presence in advance (bell, horn whatever - and if such an item is not obligatory, it should be!) In addition, they should be advised to overtake furthest away from the road and thus on the inside of the pavement. These things are so basic that even if they're knowingly breaking the (un-enforced) law, it needs to somehow be made obligatory for cyclists to be aware of the consequences of their thoughtlessness.
stevietheb
6th Jul 19 08:58

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Freewheeler

Freewheeler

"Cyclists riding on pavements a danger to pedestrians" - It's so incredibly dangerous to mix cyclists with pedestrians that councils crack down on this incredibly dangerous activity it by legalising it when they create shared paths.

There you have it, this myth is busted officially.

Of course, the reality is that pavement cycling is undesirable - to both cyclists and pedestrians, but councils couldn't care-less.
Freewheeler
19th Nov 15 14:47

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Jethro

Jethro

@what do you get from this? Your question should not be Why?, rather WTF?
Jethro
19th Oct 14 22:44

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what do you get from this?

what do you get from this?

Collar - why ?
what do you get from this?
19th Oct 14 20:13

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collar

collar

Personally, I think all 'cyclists' over the drink-drive limit should have to re-take a test at least every five years, perhaps at a premium rate. My Granddad fought for his country and two 'cyclist' neighbors who are 19 and 85 are both fit to drive a car but choose to bicycle, this can't be good for them medically and mentally. They still insist on push-bicycling so the family are going to keep an eye out for Old Granddad and they will know when they are ready to STOP push-bicycling and hopefully leave Old Granddad in peace forever. I think that is what nice neighbor should do. If a pensioner can ride the push-bicycle miles way down a freeway or ride into the middle of next week, then he is avoiding paying petrol duty in a petrol forecourt, they could just as easily drive a motor car over a bike, someone’s pride and joy. Hopefully this won’t happen to anyone you know.
collar
19th Oct 14 19:01

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SallyB

SallyB

I agree - the cycle lane is right next to the pavement and is not clearly marked. I've almost been hit a couple of times in Amsterdam. The cyclists were going really fast in a tourist area where many visitors were not at all sure where to walk. Accident waiting to happen.
SallyB
17th Oct 14 19:43

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Get off your Bike

Get off your Bike

A city where cycling has gone mad is Amsterdam. There are a far too many cyclists there. They ride in a dangerous manner, far far too quickly. There are far too many cycling lanes, and those lanes are far far too close to pedestrian walkways. With cars, trams, and cyclists travelling every which way most pedestrians are confused when trying to cross the street. Many of Amsterdam's walkways for pedestrians are poorly maintained and cluttered with parked cars, dustbins, waste, and all kinds of garbage and junk. Some pavements are dug up. Most are far too narrow. There is not enough room for both cyclists and pedestrians.

Pedestrians should have priority in all circumstances. Cyclists must stop and give way to pedestrians under every circumstance. Cyclists must be licenced, their bikes individually identified and registered. Cyclists must have compulsory third party insurance. Ringing a bell to avoid a collision is not enough. Dangerous cyclists should be sent to prison. Any cyclist who jumps red lights, uses a mobile phone whilst riding their bike should be banned for life.

In the centre of town only two forms of transport should be allowed in Amsterdam: canal barges and pedestrians. There is no need for any other.
Get off your Bike
11th Jul 14 08:57

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Zanni

Zanni

Much too late to pretend to care about this poor woman.

"Any death on our roads is very sad"
- she wasn't in the road, that's the whole point. She was on the pavement where she should have been safe.

" There is no mention of the cyclist even having a mobile phone."
- have you ever seen a young guy without a mobile these days?

It doesn't matter anyway. He should not have been on the footpath, he rode off in cowardly fashion and has not spoken up to face the music.
Zanni
8th Jul 14 17:36

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Fred E

Fred E

Any death on our roads is very sad. Fed up pedestrian spends his life trying to find this sort of collision which represents a tiny proportion of total collisions. If you read the newspaper reports it says the cause of her death is unclear. There is no mention of the cyclist even having a mobile phone. He explained what had happened to her family. He didn't just leave her there.
Fred E
7th Jul 14 23:57

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Zanni

Zanni

Fred E - have you not one word of criticism for a vile human being who ploughs into an elderly woman and leaves her with mortal injuries?

Who won't even call for an ambulance as he knows his mobile phone will link his name to his crime?

Then rides off and leaves her there.

You only see someone's death as an opportunity for a bit of juvenile trolling. What an appalling person you are. You should be ashamed
Zanni
7th Jul 14 19:51

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Fred E

Fred E

It was a while ago. I think he will have reached his destination by now.
Fred E
7th Jul 14 15:05

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Fed up Pedestrian

Fed up Pedestrian

An 81 year old woman has died after being knocked flying by a pavement cyclist in Manchester.

He stopped briefly to alert somone to call an ambulance at least ( though I note he expected someone else to do it rather than call himself and therefore identify himself as the call would be logged) and then rode off. Probably still on the pavement.
Fed up Pedestrian
7th Jul 14 13:48

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No To Cyclists

No To Cyclists

The worst city in Europe for cyclists has to be Amsterdam. The cyclists there are arrogant. The city fathers of Amsterdam have designed madness. Cyclist are allowed everywhere. The real rule has to be pedestrians come first in all circumstances. Modern cyclists ride too fast. Some are even chatting on mobile phones not looking where they are headed. I hate bikists! I demand my right of way as a pedestrian!!
No To Cyclists
5th Jul 14 23:34

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boblet

boblet

Just back from Skipton. We had a great day. Cyclists by the thousand, not a one riding on the pavement. The English start of the "Tour De France" was a shining example of how things can be. I believe the French will be duly impressed with how a small English town managed the start of their major sporting event.
boblet
5th Jul 14 22:31

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Fred E

Fred E

Just over 10 hours to le grand depart. Can only help to increase the interest in cycling in the UK.
Fred E
5th Jul 14 01:25

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