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.