Cycling safely and legally in Selly Oak – what the law says about pavements

West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council regularly receive complaints about cyclists using pavements, particularly on blind corners in Selly Oak, such as the junction of Heeley Road with Bristol Road or the train station.  This is applicable to students, University staff and local residents in general.  So, here in brief is what the law states about cycling on pavements:

Here are the facts from the Department of Transport:

Is cycling on the pavement against the law?

  • Yes. Cycling on the footway (pavement) is an offence under Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835 as amended by Section 85 (1) of the Local Government Act 1888.

Who is responsible for enforcing the laws and what are the penalties for breaking the laws?

  • The enforcement of cycling offences is an operational matter for local police forces.The police use the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £30, which provides them with a direct means of dealing with most minor offences.The Road Traffic Act 1991 makes the two most serious cycling offences parallel to those of dangerous and careless driving. The maximum fines are currently £2,500 for dangerous cycling and £1,000 for careless cycling.

For more information, advice and guidance about cycling click here.

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