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Why do cyclists think they own the pavements and roads?

15 May, 2020

Why is it that cyclists seem to think that they own not just the roads but the pavements well?

• HAVING read the article in the Tribune (Two metres? We are going to need a wider pavement, May 8), where the Town Hall is looking at bringing in a raft of measures to adapt lockdown streets and showing a photo of Islington’s executive member for environment and transport Cllr Rowena Champion, I would like to ask, before this is done, what measures?

To make the pavements safer for people to walk on perhaps the issue of cycling on the pavement can be brought to her attention.

I do not have any problem with little children riding on the pavement when properly supervised. However I do find it a problem when both older children and adults, who should know better, decide to ride on the pavement.

A good example of this is riders coming out of Highbury Place opposite Highbury and Islington station instead of using the newly provided cycle lane between there and St Paul’s Road, who still insist on riding on the pavement outside the charity shop.

If you ask them not to ride on the pavement you very often get a load of foul-mouthed abuse.

The way some of these cyclists tear along – often on a very narrow width of pavement – it is as though they are wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

According to the Highway Code unless a pavement is clearly marked as for shared use then it is illegal for a cyclist to use it.

Why, also, do cyclists seem to think they are exempt from following the rules, for example, ignoring red traffic lights?

Why is it that cyclists seem to think that they own not just the roads but the pavements well? I suggest that when the bookshops are open again cyclists get a copy of the Highway Code.

JE KIRBY
N16

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