'Stay off the pavement' PC warns Herefordshire cyclists after OAP crash

Cyclists also reminded to wear bright clothing so as to be easily visible by motorists.

Cyclists also reminded to wear bright clothing so as to be easily visible by motorists.

First published in News

CYCLISTS have been told to keep it on the road after two crashes over the last fortnight left a pensioner and a Leominster schoolgirl with minor injuries.

Police issued a reminder that the law states unless there is a dedicated cycleway, bike users should ride on the road.

“Pavements are for pedestrians – not cyclists,” said PC Emma Rudgard-James.

She added that cyclists should dismount to cross zebra and pelican crossings, use front and rear lights at night and wear fluorescent or light-coloured clothing.

PC Rudgard-James said: “The Highway Code clearly states how the law applies to cyclists and if people are not sure they can buy a copy or look it up online.”

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12:16pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Herefordian says...

And observe Traffic Lights
And observe Traffic Lights Herefordian
  • Score: 7

12:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

garysparrow says...

Tell the police on bikes to sty off the pavement and dismount going over zebra crossing as well then, cause until they abide by the law then i wont.
Tell the police on bikes to sty off the pavement and dismount going over zebra crossing as well then, cause until they abide by the law then i wont. garysparrow
  • Score: -2

1:02pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mizza21 says...

Traffic lights are there for the benefit of cars, not cyclists. If there were no cars, traffic lights would be unnecessary. Cyclists have to make themselves visible so as the dopy car drivers can see them, I don't see why they should have to obey all the signals and signs put there for the benefit of car drivers.
Car drivers, you should welcome and look after cyclists as they directly contribute to fewer cars on the road and smaller traffic jams.

Cycling on the pavement seems to me to be perfectly acceptable. So long as the cyclists slow down and look out for the pedestrians.
Traffic lights are there for the benefit of cars, not cyclists. If there were no cars, traffic lights would be unnecessary. Cyclists have to make themselves visible so as the dopy car drivers can see them, I don't see why they should have to obey all the signals and signs put there for the benefit of car drivers. Car drivers, you should welcome and look after cyclists as they directly contribute to fewer cars on the road and smaller traffic jams. Cycling on the pavement seems to me to be perfectly acceptable. So long as the cyclists slow down and look out for the pedestrians. mizza21
  • Score: -26

2:14pm Tue 18 Mar 14

stevenpowell says...

Being a life long cyclist who understands the highway code and the perils of sharing the main roads with a small proportion of maniac motorists, who would benefit from refresher courses on the highway code every few years.The major problem as I see it comes with our eu cousins who are clueless to our rules and cycle where they want too mostly on the pavements. which maybe ok where they are from so walk at your own risk WATCH out for the cycle pavement police. don`t have nightmares
Being a life long cyclist who understands the highway code and the perils of sharing the main roads with a small proportion of maniac motorists, who would benefit from refresher courses on the highway code every few years.The major problem as I see it comes with our eu cousins who are clueless to our rules and cycle where they want too mostly on the pavements. which maybe ok where they are from so walk at your own risk WATCH out for the cycle pavement police. don`t have nightmares stevenpowell
  • Score: 4

2:14pm Tue 18 Mar 14

stevenpowell says...

Being a life long cyclist who understands the highway code and the perils of sharing the main roads with a small proportion of maniac motorists, who would benefit from refresher courses on the highway code every few years.The major problem as I see it comes with our eu cousins who are clueless to our rules and cycle where they want too mostly on the pavements. which maybe ok where they are from so walk at your own risk WATCH out for the cycle pavement police. don`t have nightmares
Being a life long cyclist who understands the highway code and the perils of sharing the main roads with a small proportion of maniac motorists, who would benefit from refresher courses on the highway code every few years.The major problem as I see it comes with our eu cousins who are clueless to our rules and cycle where they want too mostly on the pavements. which maybe ok where they are from so walk at your own risk WATCH out for the cycle pavement police. don`t have nightmares stevenpowell
  • Score: -5

2:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

WYSIATI says...

mizza - if only all the cyclists did respect pedestrians - too many don't. At the same time too many car drivers look at anything else on the road as a non-paying obstruction and drive as if it's ok to intimidate and threaten - it's not.

Aggressive car, truck and bus drivers run the risk of killing cyclists, walkers, stray livestock or my cat - none of that is justified because some cyclists don't stop at red lights.
mizza - if only all the cyclists did respect pedestrians - too many don't. At the same time too many car drivers look at anything else on the road as a non-paying obstruction and drive as if it's ok to intimidate and threaten - it's not. Aggressive car, truck and bus drivers run the risk of killing cyclists, walkers, stray livestock or my cat - none of that is justified because some cyclists don't stop at red lights. WYSIATI
  • Score: 10

2:46pm Tue 18 Mar 14

dodger3 says...

I am a cyclist, I do not cycle on the pavement, I stop at red lights and are courteous to pedestrians and other road users, not hard. At night I have lights and wear a flourescent top. I frequently see cyclists ignoring the rules, much to my annoyance-and God forbid you should challenge them-look at the incident in Bournemouth, featured in the national press the other week, little guy punched and died after challenging. Give em a ticket Officer when they flout the rules.
I am a cyclist, I do not cycle on the pavement, I stop at red lights and are courteous to pedestrians and other road users, not hard. At night I have lights and wear a flourescent top. I frequently see cyclists ignoring the rules, much to my annoyance-and God forbid you should challenge them-look at the incident in Bournemouth, featured in the national press the other week, little guy punched and died after challenging. Give em a ticket Officer when they flout the rules. dodger3
  • Score: 22

4:07pm Tue 18 Mar 14

dippyhippy says...

Twice yesterday, within the space of 20 minutes, I was almost hit by cyclists on the pavements of Whitecross!
Children I have some sympathy for - the road is heavily congested for much of the day, and is potholed from one end to the other!
The two yesterday were both in their late twenties early thirties, and really should know better!
A clampdown on this activity would be most welcome!
That, and spitting in the street, which also appears to be on the increase!
Twice yesterday, within the space of 20 minutes, I was almost hit by cyclists on the pavements of Whitecross! Children I have some sympathy for - the road is heavily congested for much of the day, and is potholed from one end to the other! The two yesterday were both in their late twenties early thirties, and really should know better! A clampdown on this activity would be most welcome! That, and spitting in the street, which also appears to be on the increase! dippyhippy
  • Score: 17

4:25pm Tue 18 Mar 14

allhandstothedeck says...

mizza21 wrote:
Traffic lights are there for the benefit of cars, not cyclists. If there were no cars, traffic lights would be unnecessary. Cyclists have to make themselves visible so as the dopy car drivers can see them, I don't see why they should have to obey all the signals and signs put there for the benefit of car drivers.
Car drivers, you should welcome and look after cyclists as they directly contribute to fewer cars on the road and smaller traffic jams.

Cycling on the pavement seems to me to be perfectly acceptable. So long as the cyclists slow down and look out for the pedestrians.
It’s an offence to ride your bike on any footpath or causeway which is by the side of any road and which is set apart for the accommodation of foot passengers.

It matters not one jolt if it seems acceptable to ride your bike on the pavement, if I have to obey the law it only seems fair to me that others do so also.
We can not pick and choose what laws to obey.
[quote][p][bold]mizza21[/bold] wrote: Traffic lights are there for the benefit of cars, not cyclists. If there were no cars, traffic lights would be unnecessary. Cyclists have to make themselves visible so as the dopy car drivers can see them, I don't see why they should have to obey all the signals and signs put there for the benefit of car drivers. Car drivers, you should welcome and look after cyclists as they directly contribute to fewer cars on the road and smaller traffic jams. Cycling on the pavement seems to me to be perfectly acceptable. So long as the cyclists slow down and look out for the pedestrians.[/p][/quote]It’s an offence to ride your bike on any footpath or causeway which is by the side of any road and which is set apart for the accommodation of foot passengers. It matters not one jolt if it seems acceptable to ride your bike on the pavement, if I have to obey the law it only seems fair to me that others do so also. We can not pick and choose what laws to obey. allhandstothedeck
  • Score: 15

10:00pm Tue 18 Mar 14

fmrbill says...

Well if police so concerned why dont they give spme tickets out instead of just driving past them snd ignoring them !!! This seems to me just like a police officer trying to get their name in paper POINTLESS ARTICLE
Well if police so concerned why dont they give spme tickets out instead of just driving past them snd ignoring them !!! This seems to me just like a police officer trying to get their name in paper POINTLESS ARTICLE fmrbill
  • Score: -2

10:10am Wed 19 Mar 14

Whats-wrong-with-the-World? says...

mizza21 wrote:
Traffic lights are there for the benefit of cars, not cyclists. If there were no cars, traffic lights would be unnecessary. Cyclists have to make themselves visible so as the dopy car drivers can see them, I don't see why they should have to obey all the signals and signs put there for the benefit of car drivers.
Car drivers, you should welcome and look after cyclists as they directly contribute to fewer cars on the road and smaller traffic jams.

Cycling on the pavement seems to me to be perfectly acceptable. So long as the cyclists slow down and look out for the pedestrians.
Traffic lights are there for the benefit of all vehicles on the road and for the safety of pedestrians, to suggest that cyclists can break these rules to make themselves seen is just idiotic and breaking these rules is more likely to get themselves killed or injur other parties, which is why this story surfaced!

If there were no cars, there would be no traffic...GENIUS! So on that same level off intellegence can I suggest if there were no bikes there would be no cyclists.

There are plenty of prats driving around in cars, I don't deny that, but there plenty of prats riding around on bikes.

What is needed is harsher punishment for all offenders, not leniency if they admit their crime, or they have a disabled family member that they care for or they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs so didn't know what they were doing bla bla bla. If you break the law and endanger others you must face the consequences of your actions. Maybe then people would think twice?
[quote][p][bold]mizza21[/bold] wrote: Traffic lights are there for the benefit of cars, not cyclists. If there were no cars, traffic lights would be unnecessary. Cyclists have to make themselves visible so as the dopy car drivers can see them, I don't see why they should have to obey all the signals and signs put there for the benefit of car drivers. Car drivers, you should welcome and look after cyclists as they directly contribute to fewer cars on the road and smaller traffic jams. Cycling on the pavement seems to me to be perfectly acceptable. So long as the cyclists slow down and look out for the pedestrians.[/p][/quote]Traffic lights are there for the benefit of all vehicles on the road and for the safety of pedestrians, to suggest that cyclists can break these rules to make themselves seen is just idiotic and breaking these rules is more likely to get themselves killed or injur other parties, which is why this story surfaced! If there were no cars, there would be no traffic...GENIUS! So on that same level off intellegence can I suggest if there were no bikes there would be no cyclists. There are plenty of prats driving around in cars, I don't deny that, but there plenty of prats riding around on bikes. What is needed is harsher punishment for all offenders, not leniency if they admit their crime, or they have a disabled family member that they care for or they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs so didn't know what they were doing bla bla bla. If you break the law and endanger others you must face the consequences of your actions. Maybe then people would think twice? Whats-wrong-with-the-World?
  • Score: 12

11:18am Wed 19 Mar 14

oldergit says...

Good man Dodger 3 When there is a policeman around they don't do anything.When I was a copper in the fifties the cycling offenders would have been in the book, that's probably why they didn't offend so much in those days. Bring back the birch!
Good man Dodger 3 When there is a policeman around they don't do anything.When I was a copper in the fifties the cycling offenders would have been in the book, that's probably why they didn't offend so much in those days. Bring back the birch! oldergit
  • Score: 5

12:11pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mizza21 says...

One contentious remark and I am now minus 15.
One contentious remark and I am now minus 15. mizza21
  • Score: -9

12:47am Thu 20 Mar 14

petet25 says...

"So long as the cyclists slow down and look out for the pedestrians."

But many don't though. The article is 1 incident that fell into the HT's hands. Many more near misses or collisions happen that are never reported.

Countless times I have seen a cyclist nearly bump into someone on the path as they were walking or just coming out of a gate. It was only the other day I saw some guy crash into a shop advertising board while riding his bike on the path. Part of the sign was broken and he left it slumped on the floor. That could of easily been some small child.

They should be stopped on the spot and fined to deter any other cyclists riding on the path.
"So long as the cyclists slow down and look out for the pedestrians." But many don't though. The article is 1 incident that fell into the HT's hands. Many more near misses or collisions happen that are never reported. Countless times I have seen a cyclist nearly bump into someone on the path as they were walking or just coming out of a gate. It was only the other day I saw some guy crash into a shop advertising board while riding his bike on the path. Part of the sign was broken and he left it slumped on the floor. That could of easily been some small child. They should be stopped on the spot and fined to deter any other cyclists riding on the path. petet25
  • Score: 9

7:42pm Fri 21 Mar 14

saidflo says...

I had a near miss with a cyclist whizzing along the pavement a few weeks ago. I can't be angry, I know how dangerous the roads are for cyclists.
It is idiotic and dangerous to cycle fast on pavements - it is usually teenagers I have seen.
If cyclists are to be clamped down on for cycling on pavements, can we also fine car drivers who are in cycling lanes or advanced stop lines( the spaces for cyclists at the head of signalised junctions or in ordinary language - traffic lights).
They terrorise cyclists - try it and see for yourself!
I had a near miss with a cyclist whizzing along the pavement a few weeks ago. I can't be angry, I know how dangerous the roads are for cyclists. It is idiotic and dangerous to cycle fast on pavements - it is usually teenagers I have seen. If cyclists are to be clamped down on for cycling on pavements, can we also fine car drivers who are in cycling lanes or advanced stop lines( the spaces for cyclists at the head of signalised junctions or in ordinary language - traffic lights). They terrorise cyclists - try it and see for yourself! saidflo
  • Score: 1

6:55am Sat 22 Mar 14

B the B says...

Its very simple really, its against the law to cycle on the pavement,
Its very simple really, its against the law to cycle on the pavement, B the B
  • Score: 5

12:13pm Sun 23 Mar 14

steveinleo says...

As a person who is disabled now by a hit & run cycle accident while I was cycling on the roads, I think that so long as cyclist's ride safely and at a low speed, the pavement can be shared and be a safer place than the road.

The police need to be proactive in handing out fines for either dangerous riding (be it road or pavement) or dangerous driving.

All too often now I see cyclist's squeezing up the left hand side of vans and lorry's, totally ignoring traffic lights which do apply to pedal cycles and motor cycles alike.

Also I see car drivers doing precisely the same thing.

So there are no winners here and when an accident happens you both loose out.

Try looking at it from my point, because having been a cyclist and now because some berk knocked me 30ft over a hedge into a field, I now have five cracked virtabrae in my back and a blue badge for my car, and all because someone didn't look to see if it was safe to overtake and they hit me despite being in Hi Viz from head to foot.with lights on my bike working fine.

Try good old fashioned careful riding & driving and show good manners, for a change. Also lets see more police walking the walk, instead of talking the talk.
As a person who is disabled now by a hit & run cycle accident while I was cycling on the roads, I think that so long as cyclist's ride safely and at a low speed, the pavement can be shared and be a safer place than the road. The police need to be proactive in handing out fines for either dangerous riding (be it road or pavement) or dangerous driving. All too often now I see cyclist's squeezing up the left hand side of vans and lorry's, totally ignoring traffic lights which do apply to pedal cycles and motor cycles alike. Also I see car drivers doing precisely the same thing. So there are no winners here and when an accident happens you both loose out. Try looking at it from my point, because having been a cyclist and now because some berk knocked me 30ft over a hedge into a field, I now have five cracked virtabrae in my back and a blue badge for my car, and all because someone didn't look to see if it was safe to overtake and they hit me despite being in Hi Viz from head to foot.with lights on my bike working fine. Try good old fashioned careful riding & driving and show good manners, for a change. Also lets see more police walking the walk, instead of talking the talk. steveinleo
  • Score: 4

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