Longsight police have come in for a hammering on Twitter after criticising a cyclist for riding on the pavement despite “millions spent on cycle lanes in Manchester”.
Government guidance is that cyclists may ride on the footway provided they do so considerately, and that police officers need to exercise discretion.
— GMP Longsight (@GMPLongsight) February 15, 2017
Many were quick to point out that a development such as the segregated cycle lane on Wilmslow Road is all well and good if you actually happen to be heading somewhere it leads to.
@GMPLongsight if you'd taken photo next to new bike lanes this would make sense. Otherwise you're just showing most roads still aren't safe
— Katy Holliday (@KatyHolliday) February 16, 2017
Others made comparisons with motorists.
— Hackney Cyclist (@Hackneycyclist) February 16, 2017
The ‘millions being spent’ element was unsurprisingly a popular theme.
— Andrew Reeves-Hall (@ReevesHall) February 16, 2017
@GMPLongsight £millions spent on police officers that appear to be ignoring Home Office advice regarding pavement cycling
— (@markcjagar) February 16, 2017
— iPaddle (@PaddlerMike) February 17, 2017
West Midlands Police – famous for its pioneering close-pass initiative – was also invited to comment but clearly felt this wasn’t necessary.
— CMPG - Road Policing (@Trafficwmp) February 16, 2017