I've got nothing against people riding their bikes because it's a good thing. The problem I have is people riding bikes on the road, they need to ride them on the path. It is not only safer for the car driver but also for the cyclists. Plus, even when there's a section for cyclists (a cyclists lane), they still ride on the road.
What's the point of spending millions on cyclist's lanes when people still ride on the road? Another way to waste money.
As a driver on the road you need to be aware of hazards and the danger you may cause others. It is far less likely that you are going to be badly injured in a collision than a cyclist. There definitely are cyclists who ride like maniacs, as there are drivers who drive like maniacs. In a perfect world we would have seperate cycle lanes all over the country but we do not. If you are unable to deal with cyclists on the road then maybe you shouldn't be driving?
As said above the pavement is not appropriate to ride on.
For England/Wales, Highway Code 64 links to an offence under Section 72 of Highway Act 1835 (with amendment); this is quite amusing. Not just cycling on a footpath by the side of road, ass owners also be warned.
72 Penalty on persons committing nuisances by riding on footpaths, &c.
If any person shall wilfully ride upon any footpath or causeway by the side of any road made or set apart for the use or accommodation of foot passengers; or shall wilfully lead or drive any horse, ass, sheep, mule, swine, or cattle or carriage of any description, or any truck or sledge, upon any such footpath or causeway; or shall tether any horse, ass, mule, swine, or cattle, on any highway, so as to suffer or permit the tethered animal to be thereon; every person so offending in any of the cases aforesaid shall for each and every such offence forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding [F3level 2 on the standard scale], over and above the damages occasioned thereby.
Footpaths are often deserted. I cycle on paths that are quiet. If I meet a pedestrian I either stop or drop down onto the road. Its safer for the cyclist and drivers, and works as long as the cyclist respects the rights of the path user.
I've got nothing against people driving their cars because it's a necessary thing. The problem I have is people driving without consideration for for other people. Driving with consideration for other people is not only safer for the other people, but also for the driver. Plus, even when there's a section for cars (a motorway), they still drive on other roads.
What's the point in spending millions on driving tests and updating the highway code when car drivers still act like arrogant knobheads who think they have more right than anyone else to be on the road?