Riding on the pavement

Riding on the pavement is an offence under section 71 of the Highways Act 1875 and section 129 of the Road Traffic Act 1984. This is set out in Rule 64 of the Highway Code, which states that 'you MUST NOT cycle on the pavement.'

This also applies to children.

However, Ministers have issued guidance to the police to use discretion when issuing fines or fixed penalty notices (FPN) for riding on the pavement.

When the FPN was introduced for pavement cycling in 1999, the then Home Office Minister issued the following statement:

“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.”

More recently, in 2014, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, reiterated this view in a letter to a cycling campaigner saying "I agree that the police should be using discretion in enforcing this law and would support Paul Boateng’s original guidance."

If you have been given a FPN for riding on the pavement but believe the police should have exercised discretion because you were considerate to others and felt compelled to do so to protect yourself, please get in touch with CDF using the 'Contact' tab on the left hand menu to see if we can assist you in contesting the fine.

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