Call for crackdown on danger cyclists

December 31 2012

Tackling dangerous cycling should be made a top priority by the new police and crime commissioner, a Bishopston councillor has said.

Call for crackdown on danger cyclists

Tackling dangerous cycling should be made a top priority by the new police and crime commissioner, a Bishopston councillor has said.

Councillor David Willingham has written to Sue Mountstevens, urging her to ensure local police crackdown on anti-social cycling, such as riding on the pavement.

Councillor Willingham said: “Bristol enjoys the accolade of being a Cycling City and much has been done by the city council to encourage and promote cycling. The vast majority of cyclists are sensible and law-abiding.  But there is a small minority of cyclists whose behaviour is dangerous, illegal. Many of my constituents find it intimidating.

“The complaints I receive about people cycling on the pavement are often from vulnerable sections of the community.”

He has now invited Ms Mountstevens to come to Bishopston and meet traders along the Gloucester Road to hear ther views, before attending a local Neighbourhood Forum.

At December’s Bishopston Neighbourhood Forum, police comunity support officer David Said reported that officers held an enforcement day earlier in the month on Gloucester Road and Whiteladies Road, to tackle safety issues with cyclists.

One person was stopped for cycling on the pavement, with the majority stopped for cycling without lights. Those pulled over were given the option of a cycling safety lesson with a reduced fine.

Ms Mountstevens has said there will be a meeting in January to look at cycling issues in this part of the city.