Cycling on pavements in Bristol
WE have seen an increase in people complaining of cyclists on pavements. There has been a marked increase in Fishponds and not just one cyclist but of three in a party.
There appears to be a blatant disregard to pedestrians and observations around the city it seems there are many more people assuming it is ok to use the pavements.
On Fishponds Road is a sign warning that it is illegal to cycle on pavements and offenders are liable to a fine of £30. In London fines are increasing as that city tries to bring this activity under control.
Bristol City Council has been labelled a CYCLING CITY. Therefore the council must take the lead and take charge of this matter and make using the pavements safe for pedestrians.
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South Gloucestershire Council is looking into making pavements safe for visually impaired people and the pavement signs use. They, too, should look at cyclists using the pavements.
When you consider how dangerous many cyclists use the pavements, pedestrian crossings and going through red lights it is just a matter of time before serious if not fatal pavement accidents will occur. Bristol City Council has ramped pavements for cyclists, e.g. outside NatWest in Fishponds. These have given licence to cyclists to cycle full tilt across pavements onto main roads. One of our advisers was very nearly hit by such an action by a cyclist.
We are the people's advice centre helping give direction in any area of advice and information, therefore we wish to raise this issue through your paper that for their own safety and that of pavement users, cyclists please do not use the pavement and have regard to the pedestrians because it could be you who kills an elderly, deaf, visually impaired person. And your life would change forever.
If anyone knows of young people cycling on pavements, please talk to them and get them to improve their actions for the sake of others.
Remember it is illegal to cycle on pavements under Section72 of the Highway Act 1835 amended by Section 85(1) of the Local Government Act 1888. Punishable by fixed penalty notice of £30 under section 51 and Schedule 3 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.
Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire should include these penalties in their road users campaigns for the sake of the general non cycling public who are getting increasingly more angry at the abuse they are receiving.
Children under 16 would not be prosecuted.
Reports in 1998 clearly identified it is more dangerous to cycle on pavements whereas the study by Bicycling Life 1985-89 resulted in their claim that it is twice as dangerous to cycle on the pavement than on the road.
To conclude. Cyclists whenever possible DO NOT USE THE PAVEMENTS. Use the cycle paths or the cycle ways on the roads in Bristol. These are there for your safety.
Thank you and we hope our letter helps to avoid any accident and harm to innocent pedestrians.
East Bristol Advice & Information Centres