Trevor Coultart backed me up with:
> BUT this was changed under the “pedal cycle construction and use” act in
> around 1993/1994. It now reads '“Cycle” means a Unicycle, bicycle,
> etc…", thus bringing unicycles into the law, subject to same road laws
Specifically, Traffic Sign Regulations 1994 Statutory Instrument 1519,
appendix 7 (Roger gave me the reference a while back and I checked it in
> In theory, then, this does mean that you shouldn’t ride on the pavement
> in the UK. But, hey…
I remember riding home from the pub one night about 7 years ago (on the
pavement) and noticing a police car following me at a crawl. When I looked
round, the driver said “don’t worry, just admiring.”
I remember riding home from the pub another night, about 5 years ago, when
I rode right past a WPC on the pavement. She said “I bet you couldn’t do
that after a few pints.”. I chose not to put her straight.
Stuart Allbrighton wrote to Hampshire Police Force to clarify their
position. The letter he received from the Chief Constable was posted here
on 4 December 2000, but I’ll repost it now:
Thank you for you enquiry regarding the use of Uni-Cycles. The first point
that must be clarified is that by definition this type of vehicle comes
into the definition of a Pedal Cycle under Reg 3(b) Pedal Cycle
Construction and Use Regulations 1993.
Under the Highways Act 1835 Section 72 it is an offence to ride a
pedal cycle on a Foot Path, (the definition of foot path includes
pavement). This means that the vehicle should be used on the road and
not on the pavement.
With regard to brakes this type of vehicle with direct drive would not
require additional brakes.
With regard to the fitting of lights, this is dealt with under Reg 4
(3) Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 which states, (Nothing in these
regulations shall require any lamp or reflector to be fitted between
sunrise and sunset to = Pedal Cycle). However if such a vehicle is
used between sunset and sunrise then it must be fitted with one front
position lamp one rear position lamp and one retro reflector.
This information should help clarify the position regarding the use of
this type of vehicle on a road.
C J Bartlett PC 107. Traffic Management Officer.
Website - www.hampshire.police.uk
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