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69 cyclists caught in Bournemouth 'speed trap'

Results of four-day prom op announced

A controversial speed camera operation which targeted cyclists using the promenade in Bournemouth resulted in almost 70 riders being stopped.

Police officers and council officials armed with speed guns laid in wait for cyclists exceeding the prescribed 10 mph along the prom, stopping 69 riders in the four-day operation.

The majority were caught in the first two days, as the second two were wet and fewer people were on the prom.

Fines couldn’t be issued as cyclists are unable to monitor their own speed, but those stopped were given ‘safety advice’. The scheme was branded ‘ridiculous’ by the CTC, who said that any speed-related campaign should always be targeted at motorists, not cyclists.

But Charmaine Andrews, Bournemouth Council’s seafront development officer, said: "We received a large number of positive comments regarding this safety initiative and hope that it has raised awareness amongst cyclists of the dangers of speeding on the seafront, to both themselves and pedestrians.

"We want to encourage cyclists to use the seafront, but we want them to take care in doing so and watch their speed."

In July and August, cyclists are only allowed to ride on the promenade before 10am and after 6pm, and there is a shared cycle/pedestrian lane. Two weeks ago, a nine-year-old girl in collision with a cyclist on the prom received cuts and bruises following the impact.

According to the Bournemouth Echo, Scarlett Pledge was washing a bucket and spade under a tap at Branksome Chine when a male rider hit her. Her mother said that she was only saved from more serious injury because a surf board she was carrying protected her against the impact.

Bloggers on the Bournemouth Echo site called for compulsory insurance for all cyclists, but others, including cyclists posting, said extra care needed to be taken when cycling past playing children.

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