Bournemouth deputy Mayor promises more seafront cyclist speed enforcement after he's hit by one during charity running race
Mayor finished race despite injuries but it's the latest in an ongoing battle between cyclists and pedestrians
The deputy mayor of Bournemouth says he will do more to enforce cycling speed limits on the seafront promenade after he was knocked down by a cyclist during a charity running race.
Councillor Phil Stanley Watts was running the Diverse Abilities Plus’ Jingle Jog when he was hit by a rider who he said was weaving between the runners.
Despite his injuries he was able to complete the 6km race but said the route needed more signage to remind cyclists of the 10mpg speed limit.
He told the Bournemouth Echo: “We must encourage safe cycling because I was knocked over by a cyclist travelling at speed on the seafront.
“This seems to be a widespread problem on the seafront as well as in pedestrian precincts.
“It’s incredibly dangerous and I have heard of numerous similar accidents on the seafront. “Cyclists do go far too fast and it’s difficult to see or hear them approaching when you’re running.
“I would like to see greater enforcement of the speed limit and more information encouraging people towards safer cycling.”
Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Lawrence Williams said: “It is the responsibility of all promenade users to use the space sensibly and the police will take action if there is an incident.”
Cyclists are barred from the promenade altogether in the summer months between 10am and 6pm, and five prosecutions for riding at those times are currently being processed.
In 2009 we reported how a controversial speed camera operation which targeted cyclists using the promenade in Bournemouth resulted in almost 70 riders being stopped.
Police officers and council officials armed with speed guns laid in wait for cyclists exceeding the prescribed 10 mph along the prom, stopping 69 riders in the four-day operation.
The majority were caught in the first two days, as the second two were wet and fewer people were on the prom.
Fines couldn’t be issued as cyclists are unable to monitor their own speed, but those stopped were given ‘safety advice’. The scheme was branded ‘ridiculous’ by the CTC, who said that any speed-related campaign should always be targeted at motorists, not cyclists.
In the same year we reported another similar incident in the ongoing saga of so-called speeding cyclists on Bournemouth’s promenade continuing with the news that a cyclist was been arrested by police after an alleged collision – with the resort’s seafront chief.
According to the Bournemouth Echo, eyewitnesses reported seeing police officers setting up a makeshift trap to apprehend a male cyclist.
The operation followed reports that seafront manager Chris Saunders had been involved in an alleged incident with a cyclist after asking him to slow down. Mr Saunders had later attended a meeting and was not believed to be seriously injured.