English Law

Someone recently posted on uk.rec.cycling implying that it is legal to ride a
bicycle on the pavement (US Sidewalk) as long as the wheel size doesn’t
exceed 20". This got me wondering whether it was true, and if so what the
implications might be for unicyclists. So, it was back to the library to look
through the law books.

The Highway Code goes through the cycling laws and makes it fairly clear that
there should be no problem with riding on the road. But forget about The
Highway Code, what it doesn’t give is a legal definition of a cycle. That’s
what I managed to find:

‘“Cycle” means a bicycle, tricycle, or cycle having four or more wheels, not
being in any case a motor vehicle.’

So cycle laws don’t cover a unicycle. There is nothing about unicycles
anywhere in the road traffic legislation. I’m not going to wade through the
whole of English law looking for any reference to unicycling, so if anyone
knows of a reference elsewhere I’d be interested. It seems that it is quite
legal to ride a unicycle on the pavement in England. Does anyone know what
the law says in the rest of the UK?

If anyone fancies getting a copy of this definition (you never know when it
might be useful), my source is:

Halsbury’s Laws of England, 4th edn, vol. 40 (Road Traffic), published in 1983
by Butterworths, London.


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Re: English Law

In message <Pine.SUN.3.91.950302182243.5282A-100000@midge.bath.ac.uk> Akuma wri

> '“Cycle” means a bicycle, tricycle, or cycle having four or more wheels,
> not being in any case a motor vehicle.’
>
> So cycle laws don’t cover a unicycle. There is nothing about unicycles
> anywhere in the road traffic legislation. I’m not going to wade through the
> whole of English law looking for any reference to unicycling, so if anyone
> knows of a reference elsewhere I’d be interested. It seems that it is quite
> legal to ride a unicycle on the pavement in England. Does anyone know what
> the law says in the rest of the UK?

Well, browsing in a store once I saw a book saying that it was illegal to ride
them either on roads or sidewalks, but I (regretfully) didn’t buy the book.
Now I wish I had it, because I would like to see if that was just an educated
guess of the author, or if he quoted the source in the bibliography or
footnotes or whatever.

In any case, the policemen around here just roll down the window and shout:

                    "Lose a wheel, did we?"


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