25/01/2016 at 15:07
Your question made me curious, so I had a look at the Gov.UK website!
Here's the cycling law overview... https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82
There's a section about shared footpaths/cycle lanes in the 'overview' part, and there's no mention of a speed limit. As far as I can see the rules for cycling on pavements and public paths are still subject to the Highway Act 1835, with further updates made since the introduction of marked cycle paths (still no mention of speed limits though).
As long as you're cycling in the section designated for bikes and not obstructing anyone there's no speed limit. Before assuming the police officer is definitely wrong, it might be worth checking your County Council's website as this could be an initiative specific to your area (i.e. not strictly punishable by law but a recommendation that is being enforced). It's quite a specific statement to make so safe to assume the officer had grounds to tell you this.
Thanks, hope this helps!
07/12/2015 at 10:49
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