Many people travel to work on two wheels. Cycling is a cheap, fast and environmentally friendly way to get about, but it can be dangerous. If you use a bike to commute or you’re a keen cyclist, it’s wise to bear safety measures in mind and to think twice about cycling on the pavement.
Is cycling on the pavement legal?
Cycling on the pavement is not technically legal, but there is a lot of variation between police forces and how they enforce the rules. Officers in some parts of the country have come out and said that they won’t prosecute cyclists for cycling on the pavement, but they have urged cyclists to use their common sense to avoid road accidents. When you cycle on the pavement, there is a risk of injury to pedestrians, and you may not take heed of traffic signals and warnings. If you’re weaving in and out of traffic and then you travel onto the pavement to miss a red light, for example, this constitutes dangerous cycling, and it may put others at risk of injury.
Cycling accidents are fairly common, especially in big cities. If you’re a cyclist, follow these steps to stay safe on the roads and minimise your risk of cycling injuries:
- Always wear a helmet
- Use lights when it’s foggy or dark
- Stick to designated cycle paths where possible
- Wear reflective clothing
- Pay attention to traffic signals
- Always check before turning and give a clear indication of the direction in which you plan to travel
If you’ve been injured while cycling or you’ve been hit by a driver in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you have a right to claim cycling accident compensation. Every driver and cyclist have a duty to adhere to the rules of the road, and if somebody else’s negligence has resulted in you sustaining cycling injuries, Accident Advice Helpline can help. If your accident happened in the last 3 years and you have evidence to support your cycling injury claim, call us today to talk through your case in more detail. We have more than 15 years of experience in processing personal injury claims and the majority of our clients don’t have to go to court. We work on a no-win, no-fee basis and we try and make the process as simple and stress-free as possible. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.