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age of children cycling on pavement and law

I have an 7 year old who is learning to cycle in the UK. I there a law that relates to children being allowed to cycle on the pavement, and do they have to be accompanied by an adult, and are they allowed to cycle on the pavement next to them?

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  • bobs bikesbobs bikes Posts: 589
    a bit of a grey area.....
    the actual law states that it is illegal for anyone to cycle on the pavement in the uk. although anyone under 16 cannot be prosecuted for it.
    most police officers will turn a blind eye to kids on the pavement, unless they are dangerous to pedestrians.
  • GiraffotoGiraffoto Posts: 2,078
    Everything bob said was right, except that it's not really a grey area:
    bobs bikes wrote:
    the actual law states that it is illegal for anyone to cycle on the pavement in the uk, although anyone under 16 cannot be prosecuted for it.
    That's the law, no grey areas there. As far as the way individual police officers react to it, there is a bit of variation:
    most police officers will turn a blind eye to kids on the pavement, unless they are dangerous to pedestrians.
    . . .and that variation depends on you and your child. As long as you teach them to ride safely and show consideration to anyone else on the pavement (including getting off and walking the bike when it's crowded), the police probably won't mind
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  • schlepcyclingschlepcycling Posts: 1,573
    And of course the age of criminal responsibility in the UK is 10 so a 7 year old can't be prosecuted anyway.
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,225
    Unfortunately the UK Law is rubbish on this and hopefully it will get altered as more people get on their bikes. Most Police officers will only stop children and indeed adults on the pavement if they are a risk to others, ie crowded areas. That said my local police force had a purge on stopping commuters near their station a few months ago when on the pavement, but their senior officers suggested that their own bike officers used the pavement in question after one of their officers got injured, the purge didn't last long after this. Let your 7 year old bike on the pavement and censored the consequences. My eldest is 12 and i still make him go on the pavement in places. Better to be safe than sorry.
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  • Why not teach him how to cycle on the road safely then he will know for when your not with him.
    You can't be with him all the time.
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  • divatzdivatz Posts: 1
    And all this despite the fact that most kids still live within two kilometers of the school gate – they're not traveling any further, they're just not completing the journey under their own steam.

    Sadly, this is true not only in Australia but almost everywhere in the world.

    Kids are no longer being "pushed" by their parents to do activities that are implying just a little bit of physical effort. That's why obesity in kids and teens is now a lot more common that it was 20 or 30 years ago.

    And no ... walking or riding a bicycle to school are not the most important factors but this says a lot about people's mentality now-a-days.
  • Thsi web site may be useful:

    http://www.bikehub.co.uk/featured-artic ... d-the-law/

    I use this issue when emailing local planners. Is your proposed on road bike lane safe enough for an 11 year old?

    Makes people think, usually.

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  • SmellTheGloveSmellTheGlove Posts: 715
    Not really a full answer to the OP but on the subject of accompanying a 7yo learner, there's no need to be on the pavement yourself. Ride the road adjacent - it'll keep you out of his/her way as well as everyone else's, and the littl'un will already be getting a feel for the independence of cycling.
    I have been doing this with my daughter - now 8 - ever since the stabilisers came off. Try it - you can still be eyes and ears for them, get them across junctions etc.
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