Cyclists who ride on pavements are being targeted by local policing teams in Cardiff.
From this week, members of the local neighbourhood policing team, including PCSOs, will be carrying out a seven-week zero tolerance operation to prevent offences, educate cyclists and issue fixed penalty notices if appropriate. The operation follows concerns from the public in the Cowbridge Road East area.
Acting Sergeant Gerallt Hughes, from the Canton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Residents, Pact attendees and local councillors have raised concerns about cyclists on pavements in the Canton and Leckwith areas.
“We share their concerns that somebody could get hurt soon and, in response to these concerns, we have begun an awareness and enforcement campaign.”
The operation, which runs one day a week until August 31, will involve high-visibility patrols and officers in plain clothes at different times of the day in order to prevent the cycling offences.
Offenders can be dealt with by way of a £30 fixed penalty notice.
The next Canton Pact meeting takes place on Wednesday, July 11, in Taff Housing, Cowbridge Road East, at 7pm.
Update 09/07/2011: Several people asked yourCardiff whether the crack down and issuing of fixed penalty notices would apply to children cycling on the pavement. A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said:
“Juveniles will be warned, but cannot be issued with fixed penalty notices. Depending on age, they will either be requested to use the road, or if they are believed to be too young for that then consideration will be given to speaking with parents regarding safety measures.”
There’s been lots of debate on yourCardiff about safe cycling in the city over the last week. News that one fifth of cycling accidents in Wales during 2011 happened in Cardiff prompted this guest blog on safety tips from Tredz bike shop. Let us know what you think in the comments below.