Cyclists’ £30 fine for riding on pavements

17/10/2010. PC Adam Gregson and PCSO Clare Walker talking to a cyclist on Highfield Road, South Shore.(Boy agreed to pose for a pic if not identified-his mother also gave permission).

17/10/2010. PC Adam Gregson and PCSO Clare Walker talking to a cyclist on Highfield Road, South Shore.(Boy agreed to pose for a pic if not identified-his mother also gave permission).

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Cyclists using the pavement instead of the road have been handed a stark warning, in the form of a £30 fine.

Police and council officers stopped people as they rode their bikes on the pavement around Whitegate Drive, and educated them about the dangers of anti-social riding.

A total of 10 people were handed £30 fines for riding on the pavements in just a couple of hours.

PC Jamie Robinson, community beat manager for the Talbot area, said signs had been put up along Whitegate Drive asking cyclists not to use the pavement a couple of months ago, but residents had complained it was still going on to police during PACT meetings.

She said: “There were concerns that people were riding in an anti-social manner, which is quite dangerous. In fact, people were having to move out of the way and were worried about children and older people being run over while on the footpath.”

PC Robinson said the people fined for the bad practice ranged in their ages, from people in their 20s to those in their 50s.

“The majority of them said they had never noticed the signs,” she added.

“This operation highlighted the range of people doing this, and hopefully we’ve educated them about the risks.”