For the past two weeks, I’ve only just come to realise how many cyclists there are on the pavement while I’m walking to work. It only takes me 10 minutes, but the record number I’ve seen in one walk is 5 bikes and 1 unicycle on the path?! – No joke!
Being profoundly deaf, I can’t hear anything coming behind me, including bikes. I’ve had a few ‘near-misses’ with cyclists on the pavement because I can’t hear them coming, especially at such a speed.
Cycling on the pavement is illegal… cycling on the road or a cycle path isn’t…
‘Cycling on footways (a pavement by side of a carriageway) is prohibited by Section 72 of the Highway Act 1835, amended by Section 85(1) of the Local Government Act 1888.(Highway Code)’
More information can be found here about cycling on pavements.
Cyclists can cause injury and even death in rare cases. This bike sped past me and I didn’t notice it was coming. In a worst case scenario, he could’ve knocked me and I could’ve stumbled and hit my head on the pavement.
I’m writing this blog post as I am concerned for my safety, as well as other pedestrians. It’s not only Deaf people that are affected, but blind people, elderly and children too. Any pedestrians in fact.
I was previously unaware of this problem until I started walking to work. It’s hard enough crossing roads without pedestrian crossings, vehicles turning into roads without indicating and obstacles on the pavement such as wheelie bins. (Which I know are a particular problem for blind or Deafblind people)
When a cyclist speeds past me, it really shakes me up. I feel startled and stop in my tracks, as I catch sight of a cyclist whiz past me and it takes me a while to compose myself to keep walking. The police have advised me not to shout at them as the situation could get worse, but it really annoys me seeing them get away with it.
Can you please spread the word and share these images to stop people cycling at a speed, but also dangerously and inconsiderately on pavements before it’s too late and someone gets hurt!
Following my communication with the local police and I am still waiting to hear back about any action they may feel appropriate, but it doesn’t hurt to make others aware in the meantime.
I hope you will join me in spreading the word. If you’ve had any similar experiences please comment them below.
Love E x