My View, Bill Morrison: Cyclists should obey the highway code

A cyclist riding on the pavement
A cyclist riding on the pavement

Are we safe walking on our pavements? I am inclined to think we are not. The pavements have litter, dog fouling and, of course, kids on scooters and bigger kids on cycles.

I suspect that very soon we will find Smart cars chasing us out of the way as they try to claim the pavements as well.

Quite often, the offenders are adults who should know better. How often do we see cyclists apparently oblivious to the usual laws applicable to the rest of us?

You can imagine them thinking: “I am a cyclist I don’t need to observe cycle lanes or red lights and I can ride on the pavement when I feel like it.”

I have never heard of any cyclist receiving a ticket for blazing through a red light. You try it in your car and the ticket will be on the mat when you get home.

Drive your car on the pavement and another ticket will be winging its way your way. And how dare you let a tyre come close to a cycle lane.

Now you see where I am coming from. Us oldies frequently have to navigate various previously mentioned obstacles on our pavements.

Am I to believe the rules only apply to four wheels? Well, as a matter of fact it is an offence to ride on the pavement, pass through red lights and so on.

Now I don’t expect small children still struggling with stabilisers to collect tickets but I would like to see more been done in relation to the inconsiderate adults who like to flout the rules.

I frequently observe an individual riding like a lunatic on the pavements in my locale and have exchanged words on the subject, only to be told to go away – although not quite in those words.

The other day, this idiot was performing as usual and accompanied by a much younger person who was making a valiant effort to keep up, when lo and behold, coming towards them was another of similar ilk.

The younger one got knocked over and what an argument followed.

Thankfully, no-one was seriously hurt, but neither one could see what they had done wrong. Now the point I make is simple – what if that was you or me or a young mum pushing a pram, and possibly another child walking? The injuries could have been much worse. What if one of those walkers panicked, sidestepped onto the road, and got hit by a bus or a lorry?

Action would no doubt be taken against the driver, but what about the crazy cyclist?

No doubt at this point they would have ridden off into the sunset, confident they could carry on as before, leaving it all for someone else to deal with.

But the thing is another innocent driver will have the full force of the law brought upon them just because they were there at the wrong time.

* Bill Morrison, former chairman Doncaster 50 Plus Group