Re: UK road law.
Trevor Coultart forwarded:
> > If your unicycle is the type where there is a chain connecting the
> > the wheel, then the “pedal cycle construction and use regulations”
> > it to have at least one brakeing system fitted.
This is not true. A cycle ridden on the public highway requires a brake on any
wheel able to turn independently of the pedals, eg a bike with a freewheel will
require brakes front and rear, but a fixed wheel bike only legally requires a
The unicycle described above will only need a brake if it is fitted with a
freewheel. And I’ve yet to come across a unicycle with a freewheel. Under UK
law, a fixed wheel cycle does not require a brake on the drive wheel.
> > You need lights and reflectors at night.
> > You can only ride it on cycle paths and the road
Nearly true. You can ride it anywhere you can ride a bicycle - which means
cyclepaths, roads, bridleways, and any private land where you have the
permission of the landowner.
Since 1994, the legal definition of a cycle has included unicycles. This means
that unicycles are covered by the same laws and regulations as any other cycle.
> > - although, because the thing is inherantly unstable…
Whoever wrote this is clearly not a unicyclist
> >There are offences of “dangerous” and “careless or inconsiderate” cycling on
> >a road, but they apply to BIcycles, TRIcycles and bikes with 4 of more
This is obsolete. As mentioned above, and as a search of rsu archives will find,
the legal definition of a cycle was changed in 1994.
I quote below from a post I made on 27/08/00, the whole post is available at:
(you will need to cut and past the URL).
> That same year, though the law was changed. As a result of Traffic Sign
> Regulations 1994 Statutory Instrument 1519, appendix 7 (thanks to Roger Davies
> for pointing this one out to me, btw), the legal definition of a
> Cycle is now "a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle, or cycle having four or more
> not being in any case mechanically propelled" (previously, unicycle had
> missing from that definition).
> So, a unicycle is subject to the same laws as a bicycle. It can’t be
> the pavement (though frankly I often ignore the law here when I’m on one
> wheel), at night it must have the appropriate lights and reflectors, and
> there’s the issue of brakes. It’s a fixed wheel, so shouldn’t need a
> the drive wheel. We should be OK there then.
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