Cycling on pavements

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3039
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I have been asked by a constituent to put the following points to you for a response:

'As a disabled pedestrian I am often scared by rude and offensive cyclists driving on our pavements with no consideration for the public.

I was under the impression that it is illegal to ride on the pavement unless you are a child under a certain age.

I would like to know that if this is an offence, how many fines have been given to the offenders

and what steps you are taking to resolve this dangerous situation?'

Answer

Answer for Cycling on pavements

Answer for Cycling on pavements

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I take cycling on pavements and other prohibited areas very seriously and have made great efforts to address this in my Cycling Vision Strategy.  At the heart of this strategy is the approach that the best way of stopping people cycling on pavements is to give them safer places to cycle on the road as well as enforcement.  Significant investment is being made across London to deliver this vision. 

I recognise how vulnerable pedestrians can feel when cycling takes place on pavements and any projects resulting from the Strategy will be developed alongside a commitment from local police to increase enforcement action against illegal and intimidating cyclist behaviour. Officers will use their discretion as to whether to issue a fixed penalty notice.

The MPS figures show 1907 cyclists reported for the offence in 2014/15. It is not possible to break down this by FPNs issued except through a manual search of individual records.