CYCLING: Code should be enforced

I was interested to read the letter from Dr Bill Hutton (News Post Leader, February 11) about cycling on the Eve Black Walkway.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 20 February, 2016, 06:00

I agree strongly with Dr Hutton on the issue of some cyclists riding dangerously on footpaths or duel-use paths.

To clarify, cyclists are, in fact, breaking the law when they cycle on a pavement, according to rule 64 of the Highway Code, and they can be fined for this.

Now we come to shared cycle tracks.

Rule 62 of the Highway Code states that when using segregated tracks you must keep to the side intended for cyclists as the pedestrian side remains a footpath.

It also states that you must take care when passing pedestrians, especially children, older or disabled people, and allow them plenty of room.

Always be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary.

Sorry this is a bit long-winded, but I was recently struck on the side of my body by a cyclist who did not slow down, nor heed any of the above rules on a footpath that he should not have been on in the first place. He was breaking the law.

Anyone who is driven at by a cyclist on a footpath is quite within their rights to inform the police, as I did.

If enough people inform them of dangerous cyclists, the police will have to take notice and start issuing fines.

And maybe the council will start to take notice and put some signs up.

Hopefully, this will avoid serious accidents to the elderly, disabled, children and pedestrians, and their dogs.

Julie Scott