The introduction of the fixed penalty is not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of traffic and who show consideration to other pavement users when doing so. Chief police officers, who are responsible for enforcement, acknowledge that many cyclists, particularly children and young people, are afraid to cycle on the road, sensitivity and careful use of police discretion is required.'
summerdays said:Are you talking about guidance for children or adults?
For kids, even 2 year olds its illegal under some very old act that hasn't been modified. However it is usually dealt with, with a Fixed Penalty Notice which can't be given to below 16 year olds? (think that's correct). And not many police are going to tell a 2 year old to get on the road.
Cab said:I've seen a PCSO stop a pre-school child on a quiet, wide path and tell them that they can only cycle (on their cute little bike with stabilisers) on the road.
gambatte said:Did you say 'owt, Cab?
I have just started taking my 10 month old to nursery where she does mornings. I have to take her and my bike so that I can get going straight after the drop. Today I just had to push the bike most of the way but got on the bike for one stretch of pavement with her in a kind of sling thing, she started to try to wriggle her way out of it though so I stopped. Can anyone make any suggestions as to a good way forward, it is a 15 minute walk and it doesn't feel safe carrying her and pushing the bike a the same time, I would like to get a chair for the pannier rack and cycle on the pavement at just above walking pace. What do others think? I don't mind going on the roads eventually in theory but am extremely nervous about doing it with this 'super-precious bundle' on board as any other parent will understand.