CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy):
- Cyclists should behave responsibly and within the law.
- Cyclists do very little harm to other road users, including pedestrians.
- Unlike driving, most cycling takes place in areas of high pedestrian activity, but it poses far less risk to pedestrians than motor vehicles. This is the case even for pavement cycling and red light jumping, neither of which CTC condones.
- Cyclists and pedestrians are able to interact far more harmoniously, even in crowded conditions, than is often thought.
- People who are frail or who suffer sensory or mobility impairments are often understandably reluctant to share space with cyclists. Trials, however, usually prove that cyclists very rarely put any pedestrian in a hazardous situation. Codes of practice - backed up as required by policing - are preferable solutions, rather than undermining the promotion of safe cycling for fear of the actions of a minority.
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Publication Date:January 2014