Don't let a child be hurt on road

PUBLISHED: 19:05 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:50 11 May 2010

IN response to last week s letter about cyclists riding on pavements, I would say do not force our children on to busy, dangerous roads. The law passed in 1835 was to stop carriages driving on the footpath. When the new law on cycling on the footpath was

IN response to last week's letter about cyclists riding on pavements, I would say do not force our children on to busy, dangerous roads.

The law passed in 1835 was to stop carriages driving on the footpath.

When the new law on cycling on the footpath was passed in 1999, the Home Office advised 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".

Chief police officers acknowledge that many cyclists, particularly children, are afraid to cycle on the road.

I am sure none of us has any complaints about people using their mobility scooters on the footpath. The Highway Code rule 38 for mobility scooters even advises that "pavements are safer than roads and should be used when available".

There have been enough road accidents in Royston recently. Don't make the next one a child on a bike.

ROBERT BROOKES

Goodwood Road, Royston

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