Cyclists targeted for anti-social riding in Linden
NUISANCE cyclists are being told to get off the pavement after pedestrians in Linden reached the end of their tether.
Police special constables and PCSO colleagues have been collaring riders who refuse to use the road after concerns in the community.
A day of action this month saw officers pedalling the message that bike users need to take heed of safety advice and respect others.
PCSO Sylvia Lane said: "At this time of year, when the nights are getting darker, it is particularly important to run operations reminding cyclists to use their lights and stick to the road or cycle paths.
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"We're very keen to push the cycle safety message and get bikers to use their lights and avoid pedestrian areas. The numbers of cyclists going on the pavement while we were in attendance was very low but the educational benefit of these initiatives is immeasurable."
In response to concerns raised by residents, Bristol Road and Tuffley Avenue were the centre of attention on October 20 – with the area continuing to be monitored.
Officers were joined by representatives of the residents' associations which are particularly concerned about this anti-social activity.
Bristol Road and Tuffley Avenue are the locations that have given most concern and the operation centred on these two areas.
PCSO Lane added: "It was found between the times of 10am and 3pm in Bristol Road that the majority of the cyclists were using the road and not the pavement and therefore only one cyclist was given some words of advice to which he happily complied. In Tuffley Avenue, again one cyclist was seen and advised and another cyclist was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice which carries a fine of £30."
Despite the low number of cyclists observed on the day, community leaders said it is an issue.
Lyn Ackroyd, chairman of Linden Residents' Association, said: "I think people do not realise how dangerous it is cycling on the pavement as people can get knocked over and they want to be able to walk around in safety."