Sunday, August 1, 1999 Published at 11:42 GMT 12:42 UK
Pavement cyclists face £20 fine
Just doing this could cost you £20 from 1 August
Cyclists who ride on pavements will face a £20 fixed penalty notice from Sunday.
Although it has been illegal to cycle on the pavements since 1835 it has always been a difficult law to enforce.
Pffenders had to be arrested and prosecuted in the courts and this often wasted valuable police time.
The move has been welcomed by road safety organisations, but has provoked outrage from cyclists.
The Pedestrians' Association, says it gets more letters about pavement cyclists than on any other subject.
"I think it is particularly problematic for anyone with a physical disability, someone who is partially sighted or blind or hard of hearing who can regard this as a serious menace."
But pro-cycling pressure groups say the new rule is attacking the symptom, not the problem.
The reason so many cyclists mount the pavement, they say, is that it is often the only alternative to risking their lives in the traffic when cycle tracks fizzle out or are non-existent.
Leslie Everest, from the London Cycling Campaign says the government should be concentrating on tackling bad drivers and providing more cycling facilities.
"I can't see unless the police themselves get onto bikes, I can't see how they are going to catch people