A colleague showed me an email earlier on, which detailed a scenario that recently occurred: A woman who cycled to work every day in town was in the habit of using the pavement on part of her journey - on an urban A-road where she felt intimidated by cycling on the road in rush-hour traffic. Last week a copper stopped her and threatened her with a fine. Not wishing to risk that happening, the woman now drives to and from work every day. Whilst I wouldn't personally cycle on the pavement, nor would actively encourage it, it does seem that the result of this situation has been counter-productive. Thanks to PC Plod (in the first instance) there's now an extra car on the road in rush hour that needn't be there. As far as I can gather, she wasn't cycling round at high speed terrorising pedestrians. Not sure what the answer is. Offering cycle training might be a solution, but depends if that would solve the confidence issue. Road layout means that offering a viable alternative route is tricky.