Question: Is it legal or technically illegal to “scoot” your bike on a pavement? Scooting is what you can see the adorable granny doing in the video above (thanks @yvessalmon for sharing!)
- Totally fine! I do it all the time
- Illegal! I know I may be fined for this
This was the question posed to me by Cas via email. Cas was stopped by two PCSO’s after scooting through Smithfield Market.
It was time to refer to my wonderful Twitterers for answers.
They pointed me to the ultimate website for answers to the questions that begin with “Is it legal to….” – the UK Cycle Rules blog.
Inside the blog was this post on riding on footpaths which says:
“freewheeling or standing on one pedal still counts as riding. (DPP v Selby  RTR 157, 162; Crank v Brooks  RTR 441, 442-3)”
The judgement stated:
"In my judgment a person who is walking across a pedestrian crossing pushing a bicycle, having started on the pavement on one side on her feet and not on the bicycle, and going across pushing the bicycle with both feet on the ground so to speak is clearly a ‘foot passenger’. If for example she had been using it as a scooter by having one foot on the pedal and pushing herself along, she would not have been a ‘foot passenger’. But the fact that she had the bicycle in her hand and was walking does not create any difference from a case where she is walking without a bicycle in her hand. I regard it as unarguable the finding that she was not a foot passenger "
A couple of readers also talked about friends who had received a fine.
Definitely illegal then. I imagine however, you’d have to be caught by a fairly grumpy or “by the book” policeman to receive the fine.
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