There seems to be a policy certainly in central London of having separate lanes for cyclists. In Kingston I've seen mixed pedestrian and cyclist areas.

I have noticed recently in Hampton and surrounding areas a significant  increase of mostly youths cycling on the pavement in areas which I would have thought were reserved for pedestrians only.

I may be wrong, but I assume that pavements are exclusively for pedestrians, and cyclists are only permitted where explicitally stated.

Are cyclists blithely assuming any pavements are for their use as well, or has the law changed?

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No law changed, but some shared routes are remarkably well hidden, one that connects Dukes head passage to the Pool traffic light isn’t terribly obvious.

I can’t imagine it’s very high on police priorities really, clearly it can be fairly annoying and antisocial and potentially dangerous particularly if pedestrians are frail or otherwise.

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