Get off your bikes, cyclists are warned

This Is Wiltshire: Anti-social behaviour investigator Jerry Law and Community Beat Manager PC Paul Bezzant  with the additional signs  being  put up in the town centre telling people not to cycle there Anti-social behaviour investigator Jerry Law and Community Beat Manager PC Paul Bezzant with the additional signs being put up in the town centre telling people not to cycle there

A BID to stop nuisance cyclists pedalling on the pavement in the town centre was among the focuses of a police community day of action yesterday.

Officers from the town centre neighbourhood policing team were out on patrol with members of Swindon Council’s anti-social behaviour team in an attempt to stop the offending cyclists.

And they put up some new signs throughout the area to remind them of the law.

It is not the first time police have tried to crack down on the practice, which breaches the Highway Code as they did the same in 2010 but it is still a persistent issue, according to beat manager PC Paul Bezzant.

He said: “We’ve had a problem with this for some time and it is something we continuously get complaints about. Pretty much every day when we are on patrol someone will mention it.”

While no one was booked while the officers were out on foot PC Bezzant said the fine has now increased from £30 to £50 and that the grace period of educating offenders has come to and end.

He said: “We still get plenty of cyclists who say they are not aware of the law around cycling on the pavement and in other areas they claim they do not feel safe on the road. “But that is not the case in the town centre as it is pedestrianised and has been for many years.

“I understand people use it for a short cut but it can be dangerous and if someone was to crash into someone on a bicycle it could seriously harm a person, and could even be considered as an assault.

“Certainly parents with young children and elderly people find it very intimidating and I think that is why the council’s ASB team have had reports as well.

“We have the education side of things and it is now getting to the point that, with these signs that remind them of the rules, there will be enforcement.”

Richard Palusinski, of the Community Safety Partnership, said a recent patrol highlighted that there was a lack of signage around the town reminding cyclists of the regulations.

He said: “This is a long-standing concern for residents and people in the town centre and we have been working closely with the police to see how the message can be reinforced.”

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8:31am Sat 1 Mar 14

adsinibiza says...

About time! And its not just the town centre where this type of thing is needed either
About time! And its not just the town centre where this type of thing is needed either adsinibiza
  • Score: 17

8:55am Sat 1 Mar 14

Localboy86 says...

Non working dogs should also be banned from the town centre. Why do people take their dogs into town? When I was a lad the only dogs you see in town sat next to a Big Issue seller.
Non working dogs should also be banned from the town centre. Why do people take their dogs into town? When I was a lad the only dogs you see in town sat next to a Big Issue seller. Localboy86
  • Score: 9

10:06am Sat 1 Mar 14

Oik1 says...

“We still get plenty of cyclists who say they are not aware of the law around cycling on the pavement and in other areas they claim they do not feel safe on the road."

What a crock of cobblers, the above is so ridiculous I'm amazed the people on the cycles can even manage to ride one.
“We still get plenty of cyclists who say they are not aware of the law around cycling on the pavement and in other areas they claim they do not feel safe on the road." What a crock of cobblers, the above is so ridiculous I'm amazed the people on the cycles can even manage to ride one. Oik1
  • Score: 11

11:43am Sat 1 Mar 14

ChаnnelX says...

Let's face it, we can all say, quite publicly, without a shadow of doubt, that people who cycle on the pavement are probably Labour-voting, socialist lefty throwbacks from the 70's and should all be locked up.

This will never happen of course, thanks to a judiciary system that is completely out of touch with reality.
Let's face it, we can all say, quite publicly, without a shadow of doubt, that people who cycle on the pavement are probably Labour-voting, socialist lefty throwbacks from the 70's and should all be locked up. This will never happen of course, thanks to a judiciary system that is completely out of touch with reality. ChаnnelX
  • Score: -15

2:00pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Al Smith says...

Good idea it's a problem that needs to be dealt with.

Whilst they're at it perhaps the police could keep an eye out for drivers jumping red lights, using bus lanes, using mobile phones, using bus gates, speeding etc... and hand out a few tickets. After all what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Good idea it's a problem that needs to be dealt with. Whilst they're at it perhaps the police could keep an eye out for drivers jumping red lights, using bus lanes, using mobile phones, using bus gates, speeding etc... and hand out a few tickets. After all what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Al Smith
  • Score: 5

5:42pm Sat 1 Mar 14

madreeves says...

Can we also stop parents with buggies using them as battering rams please?
Can we also stop parents with buggies using them as battering rams please? madreeves
  • Score: 16

8:15pm Sat 1 Mar 14

motley crue says...

Perhaps they need to look out and sort out all the cyclists cycling on pavements down the bottom of vic hill in the mornings between 8am and 9am down cromby street by the library and by the restaurants at the bottom of vic hill and surrounding area its plagued by them in the mornings early they are a menace
Perhaps they need to look out and sort out all the cyclists cycling on pavements down the bottom of vic hill in the mornings between 8am and 9am down cromby street by the library and by the restaurants at the bottom of vic hill and surrounding area its plagued by them in the mornings early they are a menace motley crue
  • Score: 4

8:32pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Always Grumpy says...

A police truncheon through the spokes of the front wheel should slow them down a bit.
A police truncheon through the spokes of the front wheel should slow them down a bit. Always Grumpy
  • Score: 9

3:20pm Sun 2 Mar 14

twasadawf says...

Just give em a nudge as they go by on there bikes they will end up in a big pile
Just give em a nudge as they go by on there bikes they will end up in a big pile twasadawf
  • Score: 0

3:17pm Mon 3 Mar 14

BCDR99 says...

I appreciate that this is a problem, but let's get some perspective here.

How many people have been killed or injured by motorised vehicles in the last year?
How many people have been killed or injured by cyclists in the town centre pedestrianised area?

It's great that we can afford lots of new "no cycling" signs, but how about improving the signs that show where you can cycle as well?

It's funny how when the police stand by a bus gate and tell car drivers off for using it, they "should be out catching real criminals" instead of persecuting tax-paying, honest drivers who are just trying to get to work yet stopping cyclists in a pedestrianised area is suddenly an excellent use of police time.
I appreciate that this is a problem, but let's get some perspective here. How many people have been killed or injured by motorised vehicles in the last year? How many people have been killed or injured by cyclists in the town centre pedestrianised area? It's great that we can afford lots of new "no cycling" signs, but how about improving the signs that show where you can cycle as well? It's funny how when the police stand by a bus gate and tell car drivers off for using it, they "should be out catching real criminals" instead of persecuting tax-paying, honest drivers who are just trying to get to work yet stopping cyclists in a pedestrianised area is suddenly an excellent use of police time. BCDR99
  • Score: 0

3:21pm Mon 3 Mar 14

BCDR99 says...

“I understand people use it for a short cut but it can be dangerous and if someone was to crash into someone on a bicycle it could seriously harm a person, and could even be considered as an assault. "


If that's the case, why is an injury/death caused by a motorist always "careless" or "dangerous" driving? It's never assault or murder is it?
“I understand people use it for a short cut but it can be dangerous and if someone was to crash into someone on a bicycle it could seriously harm a person, and could even be considered as an assault. " If that's the case, why is an injury/death caused by a motorist always "careless" or "dangerous" driving? It's never assault or murder is it? BCDR99
  • Score: -1

7:27pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Sir Fawn Maker says...

How about putting some officers on some of the split paths that are one half footpaths and one half bike path to penalise the pedestrians (usually schoolkids) that are too ignorant / thick to walk on the right side of the path
How about putting some officers on some of the split paths that are one half footpaths and one half bike path to penalise the pedestrians (usually schoolkids) that are too ignorant / thick to walk on the right side of the path Sir Fawn Maker
  • Score: 4

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