Challenge cyclists who ride on the pavement
I was delighted to see three letters from readers on the subject of cycling on the pavement in The Bath Chronicle recently.
I still see about eight a day in town, so this is a continuing problem, particularly now the weather is warmer.
Walking along the pavement opposite the Guildhall I was nearly flattened by a cyclist with sunglasses and helmet suddenly emerging at high speed from one of the passages as I walked past.
He was not very pleasant when I confronted him, and he duly sped off in to the road.
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I was also on a bus going along the side of the art gallery when (possibly the same cyclist) who had been in the road suddenly mounted the pavement at high speed, narrowly missing a young couple with their small toddler, fortunately on a rein. I saw their faces freeze in horror as he continued down the pavement at high speed towards the Guildhall without stopping.
I would urge all pedestrians who feel as I do, and I know there are many, to stop and challenge illegal pavement cyclists and tell them that they are law breakers (Section 12 of the Highways Act), and liable for a fine of £30.
Perhaps the message would begin to get through if they were made a public exhibition.
It is not only potentially dangerous but extremely selfish behaviour and gives cycling a bad name.
JULIE TROLLOPE Sydney Place Bath