[OSM-talk] Private roads
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Thu Jul 12 14:13:50 BST 2007
On Thu, Jul 12, 2007 at 01:40:45PM +0100, Nick Whitelegg wrote:
> >Actually, that's more a question for the bike= variation on the
> >access= key. (Again in the UK,) The rights and prohibitions for
> >cycling are a grey area legally, and I've seen lots of bike=no tags
> >in OSM on footpaths where in reality there's not a "No Cycling"
> >sign, and therefore cycling is probably allowed
> If they're public footpaths, then cycling isn't normally allowed.
Under what law? http://www.cyclecraft.co.uk/digest/pushing.html
suggests not the 1835 Highways Act (due to an 1867 bit of case law,
backed up in 1994). If there's a public footpath across private
land, then it's likely that a cyclist is trespassing (although I'm
unaware of there ever being a prosecution), but in an alleyway as
described in that page there doesn't appear to be a legal reason
why cycling is not allowed. Round my way, many such alleyways have
been marked bike=no but I think they shouldn't have been.
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