When I lived in Central London I'd often openly question anyone riding casually on the pavement, as there is blatantly not room for them to do so. If they can't handle riding on the road, they can't handle riding.
Big difference between 'handling' and opting for, given a choice. There is always an empty pavement in London, even in the centre!
I see people cycling along the roads when there are safer options, be those cycleways, pavements, parks, quiet backstreets. I know the militants like to go out into the busy lanes and 'reclaim' them, but it is not my job to change the world, (certainly not by laying down my life).
If you had approached me to air your disapproval you would have been met with laughter.
In years of commuting across central London, also working as a courier, leisure riding and work riding I have never been cautioned by an officer, and only had one major disagreement with another pavement user, and that was a driver crossing the pavement to a dropped kerb access without looking to see if the pavement was clear.
Someone who is not able to ride considerately and safely on a pavement, is not fit to be hopping up there once something goes wrong on the road. I mean, how exactly do you anticipate a van cutting you up and forcing you off the road onto the pavement?
You cannot. Therefore you cannot be certain to avoid anyone currently on the pavement.
More and more pavements are being marked as cycle ways. The police are not interested in people using them responsibly. This has been stated publicly.
I would love the roads to be cotton wool lined havens of safety for cyclists, but they are not.
It is bananas to suggest someone avoiding them is automatically less skilful than those who choose to bury their heads in the sand, or their bodies under lorries and buses.
The doctor diagnosed me with hereditary diarrhoea. I can't understand, I wear a kilt.