OVER the years I have become accustomed to having to avoid groups of students on their way to and from school, who have little intention of letting you through.

The skateboarders and scooter riders usually have the skill to avoid you – but not always.

I have also become used to bracing myself before being walked into by someone texting on their mobile phone – and expecting their wrath if they drop it!

However, recently, two more hazards have burgeoned to make walking on the pavement a dangerous occupation.

The first is the rather large and powerful mobility scooters, often driven at speed by some men.

I have no objection at all to someone who requires one to become mobile – my 93 year old mother has one.

However, they should only be capable of doing what you can do if you are walking – in terms of speed and carrying capacity.

They are limited to four miles per hour (brisk walking pace) on the pavement and 8mph on the road (and the DVLA should be informed if they are to be used on the road).

I am afraid that too many are being used inappropriately, to the detriment of pedestrians.

The second is cyclists. I am a cyclist, but would never dream of cycling on a pavement or footpath.

However, it appears that many cyclists think they have the right to.

I have had bells rung and shouts made at me to get me out of their way. Others will slalom round you at speed – their silent approach being quite frightening.

The more advanced even do this while texting on their mobiles.

They are pedestrian footpaths and should be treated as such.

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