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BJ wants to see cyclists fined £130 for cycling on the pavement
3.03.09 by Buffalo Bill

Boris Johnson on pavement cyclists:

They need to be treated with the maximum severity and I want the penalties to be made tougher. I would like a draconian law for those who abuse their rights and cycle on pavements. It’s antisocial and causes an air of apprehension.

What I think we should do is considerably increase the fines from £30 to something like £130 for those that abuse their privilege.

From a question and answer session hosted by the London Chamber of Commerce, quoted by The Wharf.

No mention of the stats: people that die as the result of collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian annually is in the UK is 1 or less1, whereas around 109 pedestrians were killed as the result of collisions with motor vehicles in London, in the year ending 20072. In fact, between 2000 and 2003, an average of 3400 pedestrians a year were injured by motor-vehicles on the footway (or pavement, to you and me), in the UK1. But hey, when did BJ let the facts get in the way of a populist statement.

1 From a written answer to a question to the Secretary of State for Transport, 16 March 2005.

2 London Road Safety Unit Fact sheet: ‘Casualties in Greater London during 2007’, published May 2008

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  1. Hmm, let’s see.

    “Drunk driver who killed cyclist has sentence halved on appeal” <—real headline.

    “Cyclist who caused an air of apprehension fined more than triple the current fine after Boris increases punishment” <—- headline-to-be? Now that would be justice. Killing people’s fine, but causing an air of apprehension? We really need to come down hard on these two wheeled menaces.

    — lee    3 March 2009, 23:29    #
  2. We need more cycle paths!!

    Julien    4 March 2009, 21:04    #
  3. well, maybe. i prefer roads. but first we need more cyclists

    — lee    6 March 2009, 21:43    #
  4. “On 1st August 1999, new legislation came into force to allow a fixed penalty notice to be served on anyone who is guilty of cycling on a footway. However the Home Office issued guidance on how the new legislation should be applied, indicating that they should only be used where a cyclist is riding in a manner that may endanger others. At the time Home Office Minister Paul Boateng issued a letter stating that:

    “The introduction of the fixed penalty is not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of traffic and who show consideration to other pavement users when doing so. Chief police officers, who are responsible for enforcement, acknowledge that many cyclists, particularly children and young people, are afraid to cycle on the road, sensitivity and careful use of police discretion is required.”

    Almost identical advice has since been issued by the Home Office with regards the use of fixed penalty notices by ‘Community Support Officers’ and wardens.

    CSOs and accredited persons will be accountable in the same way as police officers. They will be under the direction and control of the chief officer, supervised on a daily basis by the local community beat officer and will be subject to the same police complaints system. The Government have included provision in the Anti Social Behaviour Bill to enable CSOs and accredited persons to stop those cycling irresponsibly on the pavement in order to issue a fixed penalty notice.

    I should stress that the issue is about inconsiderate cycling on the pavements. The new provisions are not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of the traffic, and who show consideration to other road users when doing so. Chief officers recognise that the fixed penalty needs to be used with a considerable degree of discretion and it cannot be issued to anyone under the age of 16. (Letter to Mr H. Peel from John Crozier of The Home Office, reference T5080/4, 23 February 2004) “ ref: wwwbikeforall.net

    — Gertie    8 March 2009, 12:36    #
  5. Some good points but the amount of people killed by cars in the UK is actually 3000 plus annually to 1 by bikes
    and 70 cyclists a year by cars

    the road isnt safe for cyclists and cars together, you might aswell just have cars drive on both the road and pavement

    — M White    4 June 2009, 14:13    #
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