"Yes Sean, you can cycle in the road. I cycled in the road from the age of 8. In the last 10 years there has been a 50% drop in mortality rates among cylists riding in the road. The more cyclists there are in the road the more car drivers have to be aware of them and accidents decrease.
If you cycle on the pavement you make the roads more dangerous for the responsible cyclists who do ride in the road as well as making pavements dangerous for pedestrians.
Statistically cyclists have more accidents on pavements than in the road.
Whe you drove a car you hated cyclists and never gave a thought to pedestrians. Now that you cycle, you hate cars and never give a thought to pedestrians!"