More than 700 cyclists were fined in Cambridge last year for offences including going through red lights or riding on the pavement – the highest level for at least five years, up 46 per cent on 2012 and a near-fivefold increase on 2011, when just 131 fixed penalty notices were issued.
The rise in the number of riders fined follows a pledge by Cambridgeshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright, who was elected in September 2012, to crack down on cyclists who flout the law.
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary told Cambridge News: “Anti-social cycling and riding without lights has been raised as an issue by residents over recent months. We have responded to those concerns by taking positive action against those responsible by issuing fines and giving advice to cyclists.
“Part of the action has been the Lights Instead of Tickets campaign where cyclists could avoid paying a fine if they purchased a set of lights.
“We will continue to enforce the law to ensure the safety of cyclists along with pedestrians and other roads users.”
Cambridge News adds that 431 fines were given to cyclists in 2009, followed by 367 in 2010. After dipping further to 131 in 2011, the number climbed to 508 during 2012, then 740 last year.
In April this year, police revealed that a 20-week operation against motorists and cyclists breaking the law in Cambridge had resulted in 200 fixed penalty notices being issued – 50 of those to cyclists for riding the wrong way up Sydney Street, which is one-way.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.