Fixed Penalty Notices to be handed out to repeat offenders in pedestrian zones

Police in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, will this week be out in the town centre enforcing a ban on riding bicycles on the pavement and in pedestrian zones, with £30 fixed penalty notices being issued to repeat offenders.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times reported that police will be stopping all cyclists found riding their bikes in areas where cycling is not allowed, and that repeat transgressors will be fined.

The police campaign runs from tomorrow, Wednesday, through to Friday, and No Cycling signs have been erected in the relevant area.

PCSO Kate Parker told the newspaper: “Cycling on the footpath and pedestrian area of the town centre is anti-social and residents have told us it is a real problem, so it has become one of our neighbourhood priorities. We hope these [awareness] days will remind cyclists that the town centre is not a cycle track.


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.


TheHatter [770 posts] 7 years ago

I cycle through Hatfield daily on my commute and the town is relatively well serverd with bike lanes so there is little excuse for cycling on the pavement.

One thing I would say is that the town centre was all but killed a decade or so ago by the above picture galleria and is now a pretty desolate place and this has no doubt attracted some unsociable cycling.

creepymonkey [31 posts] 7 years ago

I agree - I cycle through Hatfield en-route from St Albans to Welwyn Garden City and it's the cycling high point - some very good cycle lanes, although most are infested with students and dog walkers.

Any chance the police will be informing the pedestrians that there's a perfectly good footpath to walk 6 abreast on?

jezzzer [329 posts] 7 years ago

amehzing. the first appearance for the galleria on road.cc. unlike mr hatter, i love that place for some reason. and it's bunkum to suggest that it killed the town centre, which was a desolate warzone long before either the galleria or saving private ryan arrived in town.