Cycling The School Run DESPITE The Traffic

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  1. Steph says:

    I’m really curious about why you are so adamant about staying off the footpaths. Where I live (NSW Australia) the laws permit riding on a footpath if you’re supervising a child under the age of 16. I understand that footpaths that cross driveways are a major hazard as cars reversing out of driveways often don’t anticipate pedestrians on the paths, let alone bikes but I’m not sure I can see a good reason for avoiding paths that have minimal driveways provided its a slow and courteous ride? Its also possible that we have less pedestrian traffic so that may be a factor too. (My oldest has also just started independently riding pedals at age 3.5 so I’m sure that is a factor too, despite him being good with instructions)

    • Diana says:

      In the UK it is illegal to ride on the pavement. It is also one of those things which is constantly used to justify aggression towards cyclists (they all jump red lights and ride on the pavements….). If the law allows it where you are then that’s great. I do think it’s a bit different if you have a very young child and are trying to manage them cycling plus a younger one who isn’t. Also fantastic that your eldest is pedalling so young – absolutely brilliant!

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