Police On Shrewsbury Get Tough with Pavement Cyclists
Police in Shrewsbury have warned they will take a "zero tolerance" approach to people cycling on pavements in and around the town centre.
The warning has come from Sergeant Claire Greenaway, the officer in charge of policing in Shrewsbury town centre.
She said the problem had escalated in recent months and pedestrians were being harassed and their safety put at risk by cyclists riding on pavements.
"It has become a really serious issue and we will not tolerate this form of anti-social behaviour. We will be issuing non-endorsable penalty tickets to those found cycling on pavements. The fines are £30 and culprits have 28 days to pay or we progress to court."
Sergeant Greenaway said the police had received complaints about cyclists of all ages who showed a lack of consideration to pedestrians. "The issue has become a PACT (Partners and Communities Together) priority. We will be adopting a zero tolerance approach to those who flagrantly flout the regulations."
She added pedestrians, especially the elderly, were fearful of people riding on pavements, who sometimes came up behind without warning. "Pedestrians have a right to walking on pavements in complete safety - not to be startled and sometimes even physically knocked by someone riding past."
Sergeant Greenaway urged cyclists to ride with care and with consideration for others. "It is important they stick to the roads or designated cycle lanes while making sure they can be easily seen, especially at dusk, with appropriate fluorescent clothing and good lights front and back."
Issued: Wednesday 26 May 2010