Don't ride through red lights or on pavements This can be hazardous or frightening to others, as well as being a potential danger to yourself. Not least, this is a major source of conflict with other road users, and unfairly presents cyclists as frequent lawbreakers.

COMMENT: The above entry in your code does not make it clear that riding a cycle through red lights and riding a cycle on the pavement are both CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ACTS - see Rules 109 and 64 of the Highway Code respectively. This should be spelt out clearly - 'for the avoidance of doubt'!

Tony Purton, Ealing


Agreed, when using the road cyclist need to abide by law. Also doing this helps against motorists who keep using this argument against cyclists everywhere.

I agree entirely with red lights. This gives cyclists a bad name when its done. Riding on pavements is somewhat different.

The general policy of the police is that if cyclists use pavements as long as they give due care to pedestrians then they are OK. This of course does not apply to major pedestrian areas where there are a lot of pedestrians as it would not be safe to do so. However until London does something to make roads safer for cyclists, especially younger children then use of pavements will continue and should be allowed.

I am amazed at the number of adults who feel the need to ride on pavements as they are probably scared to ride on the roads.

Do bear in mind that using pavements for safety is probably counter-productive, given that various studies show that those who ride on the pavement suffer accidents more often: .

  • By Stily1 at 6:30am 26 November 2011

I would love to see some evidence of the supposed "general policy of the police" mentioned above. My understanding is footpath cycling is illegal unless signed otherwise, full stop (er, so to speak).

I would indeed like to see a "memorandum of understanding" or something, by the Met, that stated that crossing a footpath on a bicycle at pedestrian speeds, while yielding to all pedestrians, is "ok". There are so many situations where the cycle lanes just end or don't fit one's course that you often need to get a little creative.

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  • By Barney at 10:55pm 8 September 2014

Does anyone know if there's a minimum legal distance to cycle on the pavement, either in practice or in written law?

At the end of a journey is it compulsory to dismount the bike on the road before pushing a bike onto the pavement, or is it legal to ride slowly from the road to the pavement if you have an intention to dismount within a few seconds?

I fiind it easier to dismount on the road with my left leg on the kerb. Makes it very easy to get your leg over.

  • By SallyEva at 6:33am 11 September 2014

This is the ACPO guidance

And this is the ministerial statement

considerate cycling on the pavement is OK if the roads are too dangerous to cycle on the roads -- many, many roads in London would be too dangerous to cycle and therefore make it legal to cycle (considerately) on the pavement IMO

  • By Barney at 8:54pm 12 September 2014

I agree about standing on the kerb to dismount, but sometimes on a busy road it feels safer to dismount on the pavement. And on the rare occaisions that I use the bike sharing scheme I find it quite satisfying to ride the bike into the docking station at the end of a ride instead of pusing it in.

  • By AsharSeo at 10:18am 16 February 2015

I undertook quite a rigorous cycling proficiency training at school, including on road training, & have never forgotten the lessons.  Knowing what to do in traffic & at junctions is vital.


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