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Cycling on the footway
Shared use of paths & cycle facilities
Drivers using mobile phones
Why shouldn’t cyclists pay road tax?
1. Nobody pays roads tax. It was abolished in 1936.
2. Motorists pay a Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) - a tax like VAT or any other, which is not specifically allocated for roads.
3. Cyclists who own cars pay VED too - and benefit the public by cycling instead of driving (not our view, but that of SQW).
4. Everyone pays for the roads out of council tax and income tax. The full cost (maintenance, repairs, police, hospitals etc) is many times more than motorists contribute through VED though they are the main users.
Why doesn’t DCN condemn cyclists who jump traffic lights and break the law in other ways?
We do. We are on record as saying so in the press, radio and TV. It’s part of our constitution to campaign only by legal means and not to condone irresponsible cycling.
Why don’t cyclists use cycle paths and tracks when they are provided?
Paras 63 and 65 of the 2007 Highway code say that it is not compulsory for cyclists to use them.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists Book “How to be a better cyclist”* advises cyclists: “There is no legal obligation for cyclists to use any kind of cycle facility. They are there to use if you wish, as an alternative to riding with general traffic, not as a mandatory substitute. . . . Take advantage of facilities where they help you, but ignore those that don’t.” *ISBN 978-0-9562239-2-0
Published in 2010 by IAM iam.org.uk 0208 996 9600
There are various reasons why cyclists may not want to use a cycle path,. The following examples are not exhaustive:
- it doesn’t lead where they need to go
- there is no safe way to get on or leave it
- it is in a poorly maintained condition
- it crosses side roads and private drives which could be hazards
- it does not conform to DfT width standards
- it lacks direction signs
- cyclists would need to cross a busy road to get on it
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