Cycling on pavements policy

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Does the Mayor acknowledge that individual London wards have widely-divergent published policing policies, regarding adult pavement cycling, ranging from encouragement, through acquiescence, to fixed penalty fines and threat of criminal prosecution? Does he agree that this policy should not be so decentralised?


Answer for Cycling on pavements policy

Answer for Cycling on pavements policy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am not aware of the published policies you refer to. The legislation on this matter is clear; cycling on pavements is illegal except where the relevant Highway Authority has designated the footway as shared use for both cyclists and pedestrians. Any shared use provision must be clearly marked and signed in line with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions and clarified in the London Cycling Design Standards.

The Metropolitan Police and City of London Police, in partnership with TfL, encourage safe cycling practices. If anyone is cycling on a pavement and causing a nuisance or a danger to themselves or others, then the appropriate action should be taken. Police can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £30.