Bristol councillor calls on new police commissioner to crack down on pavement cycling
Wants action taken against 'dangerous and illegal' riders
A Lib Dem city councillor has urged Bristol's first elected police commissioner to crack down on what he says is dangerous cycling in his ward.
David Willingham, who represents Bishopston, is particularly concerned with pavement cycling, and has asked new commissioner Sue Mountstevens to crack down on the 'anti-social' antics of riders.
Mr Willingham told This Is Bristol: "Bristol enjoys the accolade of being a Cycling City and much has been done by the city council to encourage and promote cycling.
"The vast majority of cyclists are sensible and law-abiding but there is a small minority of them whose behaviour is dangerous and illegal.
"Many of my constituents find them intimidating.
"The complaints I receive about people cycling on the pavement are often from vulnerable sections of the community."
Pavement cycling has been a hot topic in Bristol in the last year, with pensioners filming cyclists on the walkways (and then campaigning for better cycle infrastructure), and the local paper The Bristol Evening Post running a polls of 4,000 people, in which 3,130 of them saying cyclists should not be allowed on pavements.
Meanwhile, we reported a few days ago how Cambridgeshire’s new police commissioner said that one of his priorities is to rid Cambridge of what he terms “dangerous cyclists” ahead of what he believes will be a boom in tourism following a royal visit.
In a pre-Christmas campaign conducted against anti-social cycling which included plain clothes officers being deployed on the streets, former Conservative MP Sir Graham Bright saw his plan come into action.
"It was one of the first things I did,” said Sir Graham of the operation, which Cambridge News says resulted in 54 cyclists being ‘caught’ in one night alone.
"I think we’ve got to a stage in Cambridge where people have forgotten that cyclists aren’t supposed to cycle on pavements, through red lights and the wrong way up a one-way street which are terribly dangerous – not as dangerous as a car – but if a cyclist hits a child or an elderly person it can be fatal."