Someone has turned around all the cycling related signs between the Post Office and Kings Grove on New Road. These have all been turned back again and tightened. Whilst this may be amusing to whoever did it, or maybe they feel that the signs are against cyclists, the fact is that it is illegal to cycle on a pavement and that the signs are there for the safety of all pavement users. It is possible to walk a bicycle if a rider is uncomfortable riding on the road.
As a reminder:
The offence of riding a bicycle on the pavement is punishable by an on-the-spot fine, a fixed penalty notice of £30. This is charged under Schedule 3 and Section 51 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. Section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 prohibits “wilfully riding” on footpaths. The Highway Code also states: “You must not cycle on a pavement.”
What many are not aware of is the issue of liability. Cyclists could be prosecuted for causing injury (physical or mental) or damage if involved in an incident on a pavement.