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:
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