merseymouth wrote:Hi, Just a thought Rareposter, are there any laws which you feel obliged to respect?
I say this as a vulnerable pedestrian who is sick to the back teeth over the behaviour of people who cycle on pavements!
As someone who has survived major surgery, which means if I fall or get knocked over will probably bring about grievous internal trauma, makes me more than a little wary. Add to that serious hearing impairment which means I haven't a hope in hell of being aware of approaches from behind by cyclists. Throw in the instability caused by my brain tumour, my forward movement may at any moment involve a portion of lateral movement then I need the sanctuary of the pavement! Yep! I'm a wreck!
So pavement riders, respect my right to free access, you have no right to steal my freedom! MM
Are we talking about pavements (as in the bit alongside a highway reserved for pedestrians and separated by a kerb or verge from the flow of motor vehicles) or footpaths (the trails across fields / through woods etc referred to by MickF in his original post)?
The former are specifically for pedestrians. Except where some well-meaning council has painted a shared-use cycle path along it of course... And the bits where you can drive a car across it to access a driveway or premises.
The latter are just trails and (as discussed on here over the previous 9 pages), the designation of them as FP, BW, BOAT etc often bears little relation to the terrain or trail or location, or indeed any higher rights that might exist based on the landowner or historic usage.
And by the way, I wasn't saying "I ride wherever, **** the lot of you". I was pointing out the discrepancies and the legal aspects of it.