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Canterbury City Council to clamp down on “reckless” food delivery riders

Council considering controversial Public Space Protection Order to further restrict cycling in city centre

Canterbury City Council says it will clamp down on “reckless” food delivery cyclists because of the risk they are perceived to pose to pedestrians in parts of the city – and may introduce a Public Space Protection Order to further restrict cycling in the centre of the cathedral city.

Cycling is banned between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Canterbury’s High Street, but Kent Online reports that the council will write to companies including Uber Eats and Deliveroo after members debated the issue last week.

As well as the High Street, there are also concerns about pedestrian safety being put at risk on St George’s Street and St Peter’s Street.

Kent Police are reported to have warned food delivery firms operating in the city about issues including workers riding too fast through the city centre, in particular during the evenings.

One pensioner, Terry Burke, told the council meeting that he had to visit a minor injuries unit for treatment after he was struck on the hand by a cyclist delivering food.

He said: “I speak from real experience and was lucky not to fall. It could have been a child.

“I wrote to the council to complain but never heard back, but the police were very good and spoke to Deliveroo.”

Lib Dem Councillor Nick Eden said that the rise of food delivery companies had  “bred the escalation of the whole problem” of anti-social cycling in the city centre, while Tory Councillor Louise Jones said delivery riders were “reckless.”

Doug Rattray, the council’s safer neighbourhoods chief Doug Rattray, suggested that further restrictions on cycling could be made through a PSPO– which are opposed by the charity Cycling UK, which has in the past described them as “an ASBO to restrict the use of public space.”

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A spokesman for Uber Eats told Kent Online: “We’re currently investigating these reports. Safety is a top priority and any courier breaching road laws can be removed from the Uber Eats app.”

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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