Cycling and Scooting on the pavement

Titchfield Neighbourhood Forum is working with the local school around issues of safer cycling, cycling on footpaths and the use of scooters on the road and on the pavement. The school has said they will ask families to ensure that they, and their children, are respectful and considerate to others e.g. dismount if there are other pedestrians and ring their bells etc. We have also been in touch with Helen Harris  – School Travel Planning Manager.

Cycling on the pavement is illegal, unless a designated or shared cycle path is provided. This is highlighted in the highway code (Rule 64)                                                                      https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82.           However, there are examples across the country where the police do not enforce the law unless there is good reason to e.g. dangerous behaviour towards pedestrians. Paula Weaver, from the Forum has been in touch with our local police and has been told that ‘This is a grey area and we are unlikely to take any action unless the person is over 18 years or cycling in a dangerous manner.’ There is some interesting reading around this subject online:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4146352/Police-won-t-punish-cyclists-riding-pavement.html

http://www.bikehub.co.uk/featured-articles/cycling-and-the-law/

Hampshire County Council does bid for funding from the Department for Transport to deliver cycle training (Bikeability) to children aged 10 and upwards, which seeks to provide appropriate guidance and skills as to how to cycle safely. In addition, it delivers further road safety initiatives to enable pupils to become road safety ambassadors and improve attentiveness traveling to and from school.        https://www.hants.gov.uk/roadsafety

Regarding scooting, it is legal for children and adults to scooter on the pavements. However, this should be done in a safe and respectful way. The County Council does offer support to schools through scooter training and does promote key messages around pavement etiquette https://myjourneyhampshire.com/sites/default/files/Scooter%20Training%20Guidelines_v3%20FINAL.pdf

3 thoughts on “Cycling and Scooting on the pavement

  1. Ann Wheal

    I have forwarded this useful information to both the school and the HCC person for travelling to school

  2. Tim Mason

    But not in Northern Ireland.
    There bicycles are, I believe, required to have a bell.

  3. C G O Walker

    I have no problem with childrens Bikes and scooters but could we persuade them when they jump off and dump them on the pavement to put them at the side and not scattered in the middle. I do ask them politely and then they do put them tidily. I explain that otherwise elderly people sometimes have to walk in the road. Perhaps the School could mention that. Incidently the law does not oblige an owner to have a bell – it merely says that they be sold with one (what happens after immaterial.

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