Cyclists on Pavements

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Anyone over the age of 16 who cycles on the pavement will be handed a letter outlining a description of the offence which they must sign there and then, their name and address will be taken and if caught again the cyclist will be issued with a fine.

PC Patrick Hooper, who is leading the scheme in Leigh Park, said it was a judgment call and anyone caught riding in a dangerous manner on the pavement could be given a fine without receiving the warning first.

The Police have made it one of their priorities for the next three months after PACT (Police/Partners and Communities Together, which is made up of residents' groups in Leigh Park and Council officials), said that cycling on pavements has become a major problem in Leigh Park.

There are 15 officers patrolling the estate and the Greywell area, which is a pedestrian area, is plain dangerous and the residents believe their pavements are being taken over and the Police must take a tougher stance.  PC Hooper said: "It's not about us trying to catch people and fine them. It's about changing people's behaviour.  We would rather not catch anyone.  Sometimes the only way to go about changing people's behaviour is in the pocket."

Those under 16 causing a persistent problem will get a visit to their parents house although common sense will be employed if there are small children out learning to ride with them parents.

In the three weeks since the scheme came into force, 40 letters have been given out and two fines.

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