Police target anti-social cyclists in Gloucester
POLICE are putting the brakes on anti-social cyclists who are ignoring the law in Gloucester.
They are banned from pedalling along the Gate streets in the city centre between 10am and 5pm. But Gloucestershire Constabulary say cyclists flouting the rules is one of the most reported crimes in the city centre.
On Saturday officers were at the problem zone to warn cyclists about their actions.
Although no-one was fined, warnings were dished out to a handful of cyclists.
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A police spokesman said: "One of the most regular complaints we receive in the city centre is around cyclists riding on the pedestrianised area.
"That's why we held this weekend's operation and why we are encouraging cycle safety across the board.
"We would just urge riders to consider the dangers they may be presenting to other people and themselves.
"If they don't we are going to be taking robust action and issuing a fine."
In June last year, Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership (GCCCP) volunteers spent 17 hours standing at the Cross and taking note of how many cyclists flouted the law.
During the research they counted an average of 20 cyclists passing through every hour.
Barry Leach, of the GCCCP, said it then improved, but the number cycling through had again deteriorated and had become a safety issue.
"Things have got really bad again," he said.
"There is a big issue on the Gate streets with traffic in general, but cycling in the area has become the biggest issue.
"It needs to be sorted out one way or another."
He added: "There is an issue with the signs, and I think a lot of the issues are as a result of that.
"But then you do get some idiots who ride along extremely quickly dodging pedestrians, and that's when safety issues arise.
"Sometimes you find yourself looking left and right and over your shoulder when it shouldn't be that way in a pedestrianised area.
"I know the police are working hard, and they were out at the weekend, and we fully support them in their work."
In the long run, the GCCCP would like to see cycling permitted all the time through the Gate streets as they feel the large majority of cyclists are cycling in a safe manner.