Plain clothes cops in Cambridge target cyclists riding through red lights or on pavements

Uniformed police will take part in operation too which will also focus on cycle theft

by Simon_MacMichael   December 14, 2012  

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Undercover police are to be deployed in Cambridge to catch red light-jumping cyclists and those riding on pavements in an initiative codenamed Operation Pedalo, which will also focus on cycle theft.

The operation, which begins today, aims “to reduce road deaths and casualties amongst cyclists, reduce cycle crime and anti-social cycling in the city,” says Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

The officers, along with others in uniform, some on bicycles, will patrol hot spot areas including Market Street, Sidney Street, Downing Street, Regent Street, Drummer Street, St Andrew's Street, Arbury Road, Mill Road, Hills Road and Elizabeth Way Bridge.

Also targeted will be cyclists riding without lights, who will be given seven days to avoid a fine by producing a receipt showing they have bought a set under the force’s Lights Instead of Tickets scheme.

"This operation is about educating cyclists as well as enforcing the law,” said Chief Inspector Nick Church.

"There is a lot of dangerous cycling within Cambridge and our aim is to tackle this problem and reduce the number of collisions.

"Cyclists stopped without lights will be given the option of participating in the LIT scheme, inconsiderate and dangerous cycling will not be tolerated.

"We want to make the streets of Cambridge a safe place for all road users and pedestrians," he added.
 

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Glad to see the Cambridge Police so warmly embracing the concept of victim blaming by stalking and arresting cyclists, not the people driving cars and HGV's too fast, badly. I mean, if you get all the law-breaking cyclists off the road, no-one will die anymore, right?

...right?

I was told there would be Cake. Luckily there's http://TestValleyCC.org.uk

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posted by KiwiMike [619 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:39

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If plain clothes police are OK to catch cyclists, what is wrong with concealed speed cameras to catch speeding motorists?

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posted by felixcat [298 posts]
14th December 2012 - 13:47

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Don't be naive! Cyclists are "lycra louts" Motorists are "hard working families".

Simples!

posted by Paul M [325 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:07

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KiwiMike wrote:
Glad to see the Cambridge Police so warmly embracing the concept of victim blaming by stalking and arresting cyclists, not the people driving cars and HGV's too fast, badly. I mean, if you get all the law-breaking cyclists off the road, no-one will die anymore, right?

...right?

Spot on. How else do you think the fall in pedestrian casualties over the decades has been achieved? You don't make the roads safer, you make them so damn dangerous that only a handful of nutters would walk anywhere near them.

posted by Paul M [325 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:09

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I've always thought that undercover cops on bikes would be very effective at catching motorists. Every driver seems to be on their mobile phone. If they thought a plain clothes cyclist might be a cop, they might be more careful.

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:13

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Unfortunately I think you a correct there PaulM. No expense is spared to make life as easy as possible for motorists and give us/them a 'sporting' chance where penalties are concerned. We have our priorities all wrong in this country Angry

posted by SideBurn [873 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:15

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The operation, which begins today, aims “to reduce road deaths and casualties amongst cyclists, reduce cycle crime and anti-social cycling in the city,” says Cambridgeshire Constabulary

I wonder if they have any numbers to back up their claim that catching red light jumping cyclists will reduce road deaths and casualties amongst them.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1380 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:26

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I must've misread the blurb below the headline as I thought it said 'uninformed police will take part in operation ...'!! Smile

posted by tomascjenkins [34 posts]
14th December 2012 - 14:42

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londonplayer wrote:
I've always thought that undercover cops on bikes would be very effective at catching motorists. Every driver seems to be on their mobile phone. If they thought a plain clothes cyclist might be a cop, they might be more careful.

You'd run out of police very quickly!
While waiting to cross a busy junction the other day (on foot), I counted 8 motorists using their phones (either talking or texting) out of less than 30 cars which went through one phase of lights.

While I agree that catching RLJers on bike or in cars is important, I think the priorities are a bit out of whack. I'd prefer to see police at junctions stopping ALL lawbreakers, not just targeting cyclists.

posted by crazy-legs [566 posts]
14th December 2012 - 15:08

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I don't have a problem with this as such- RLJing and riding on the pavements are both Bad Things in my book. But I do have a problem with only this being enforced. Agree with crazy-legs:

crazy-legs wrote:

While I agree that catching RLJers on bike or in cars is important, I think the priorities are a bit out of whack. I'd prefer to see police at junctions stopping ALL lawbreakers, not just targeting cyclists.

I'm also unhappy with the justification given. If it's really all about reducing injuries and deaths then they're starting in the wrong place.

posted by Chuck [434 posts]
14th December 2012 - 15:47

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There was a plain-clothes policeman freezing his nuts off in the centre of Thame this last week. He was watching for car drivers talking on the phone or driving without seat belts. About 100m up the road there was a collection of motorists and uniformed officers 'discussing' matters, also a local radio station interviewing everyone. Some forces are doing the right thing!

Bring me sunshine, and dry roads

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posted by MalcolmBinns [107 posts]
14th December 2012 - 15:48

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In plain clothes eh, should be able to nick a few motorists using mobiles phones while they hang around waiting for bike thieves as well.

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posted by antonio [1013 posts]
14th December 2012 - 16:02

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The operation, which begins today, aims “to reduce road deaths and casualties amongst cyclists, reduce cycle crime and anti-social cycling in the city,”

All from stopping cyclists riding on the pavement? Wow!

posted by paulfg42 [379 posts]
14th December 2012 - 18:09

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think traffic police cannot stop anybody unless they are in uniform.
Still, anything to crack down on cyclists...

posted by ChairRDRF [166 posts]
14th December 2012 - 18:32

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Wonder how many cyclists will be stopped for riding on the pavement next to a car parked half on-half off the pavement which will be totally ignored Angry

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [604 posts]
16th December 2012 - 9:14

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