Dangerous Cycling Offence

Riding a bicycle dangerously or in a dangerous condition in a public place, including on cycle lanes/paths.

The test of for whether your riding was dangerous is the same as for Dangerous Driving, namely whether the standard fell far below that of a competent and careful rider and whether it would be obvious to such a rider that driving in that manner would be dangerous.

An offence of Dangerous Cycling may be committed on any road or cycle path/lane.

Riders who cause bodily harm can only be convicted under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, which covers “wanton and furious driving”.

Do I need an NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) for Dangerous Cycling?

Yes, there is a requirement for an NIP for Dangerous Cycling. Please go to our NIP guide for further information.

Alternative Charge to Dangerous Cycling

You may be charged with Careless Cycling in the alternative. You would not be convicted for both offences. The prosecution pursue the more serious allegation of Dangerous Cycling, but have Careless Cycling as a fall back position.


Fine up to £2,500


Criminal matters are not simple and it is never easy to prove your case in Court. Charges of Dangerous Cycling often turn on the facts of the case and the technicalities which need to be proved at court. For example, on a charge of dangerous cycling it is critical for the Prosecution to show that the offence took place on a road or cycle path/lane.

The lawyers at Motor Defence Solicitors can advise you if, in your circumstances, you have a Defence available. If you face this charge, we recommend you call our team of expert lawyers to assist you with your case as you could face a hefty fine if prosecuted.

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