Cycling on pavements

MQT on 2018-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What action is currently being taken to reduce cycling on pavements?


Answer for Cycling on pavements

Answer for Cycling on pavements

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Pavement cycling is dealt with by a combination of engineering, enforcement, and education.

One of the main drivers behind pavement cycling is people feeling intimidated when cycling on the carriageway. Through the creation of Cycle Superhighways, Quietways and other schemes in line with the Healthy Streets Approach, TfL is aiming to reduce the car dominance of roads and create streets which are welcoming for cycling, which will reduce pavement cycling.

TfL continues to work with the police and local boroughs to clamp down on poor behaviour from all road users. The Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police tackle cycling-related offences by carrying out a range of engagement and enforcement activities, based on intelligence of where the issues are.  Riding on the footway carries a fine of £50.  There were 437 riding on the footway offences recorded across London in 2016.

In addition to enforcement, TfL funds boroughs to provide courses to improve cycle skills, awareness of the law and considerate cycling.