Why all road users must obey the rules

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I STRONGLY agree with the sentiments expressed on your letters page (Evening News 22 April 22) about the nuisance of pavement cyclists.

As an active cyclist for over 50 years I have always understood my proper place to be on the road, not the pavement.

The Highway Code clearly states, rule 64 current issue, “You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement” and it has always been thus.

Moreover, as a road user cyclists must obey highway rules such as lane disciplines and traffic signals.

It isn’t only youngsters who break the law and cycle on pavements, many adults do so. Also it is not unusual to see family groups - parents and children - cycling in convoy along the pavement. It is easy to understand why they do this.

Heavy traffic and inconsiderate drivers frighten many cyclists off the highway and make parents cautious about their children’s safety.

This is the reason why so few youngsters cycle to school nowadays, despite the health benefits were they to do so.

The only way to stop cyclists being in conflict with pedestrians is to develop more continuous and well marked, safe cycle ways both on and off the roads. In this respect we are way behind other countries such as Holland and Denmark. If the police do have a purge to deter cyclists from the pavements I hope they will also confront that other invader of pedestrian space, the parking motorists, who see pavements as a useful extension of the roadway.

“You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement” states the Highway Code, rule 244. Both cyclists and motorists should obey the rules of the road and not ignore them when it suits their convenience.

Colin Foster

Scalby Beck Road