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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.