There's a guy in my office who has just started commuting to work. He hasn't ridden abike for years, hasn't driven for several years, and has very little road confidence. He's booked some cycle training (we can get individual training for £3/hour, subsidised through a PCT), and in the mean time is avoiding roads as much as possible. I've been through a couple of routes with him that involve very little road cycling. When he gets to parts he isn't confident but the pavement is pretty clear he cycles on the pavement. If it's busy with peds he gets off and walks. He asked me what I thought and I told him that I don't have a problem with his pavement cycling in these circmustances. I think there's a place for it, and he's on the right track to build confidence and get onto the roads in time. Would anyone have advised him differently?