It is an offence to ride on pavements

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I thought we would get a response from the ‘rules do not apply to me cycle’ fraternity about illegally riding on the footpath (News Guardian, February 20).

Let me take up one or two of the points made. Only two people killed on footpaths by cyclists, where as 156 were killed by motor vehicles.

It is obvious that a pedestrian hit by a cycle has more chance of survival than one who is hit by a car; the difference is that in the majority of cases, the motor vehicle would have presumably ended up on the footpath because of another incident, whereas the cycle was there by intent.

Do we have any figures for the number of pedestrians injured in incidents involving cyclists?

Moreover, the number of unreported incidents must be enormous.

We know that some cyclists are injured by other road users and some sadly die as a result, but contrary to what some would have us believe, it is not always the fault of the motorist.

Public safety is the concern of us all, but it’s time we took responsibility for our own actions and stopped looking for excuses and continually trying to blame others when things go wrong.

The road traffic act states that all motor vehicles must have a minimum of third party insurance, the same does not apply to cycles, so who do I claim from if my car is damaged as the result of an accident caused by a cyclist?

I have lost count of the number of times I have seen idiots riding a cycle with a mobile phone in one hand and the other in their pocket.

Like it or not, the law states that, ‘unless it is part of a designated cycle path, it is an offence for any adult to ride a bicycle on a public footpath, or in any pedestrian only area’.

We see things every day that should not happen, my own personal bee in the bonnet is people who park on footpaths, but two wrongs do not make a right, never have done.

As for the police, when officers start to pick and choose which laws they enforce, that is a recipe for anarchy.

Mr R Hoye

Wallsend